A teenager from Texas who was thrown in jail last March after making a joke in an online video game now faces 8 years in prison for his ‘terrorist’ remarks.
In a display of how anything you say online or otherwise can now be used against you and even have you labeled as a ‘terrorist’, 18-year-old teen Justin Carter may soon be charged as a terrorist after he made a violent joke while playing the highly popular online game ‘League of Legends’ — a multiplayer fantasy game that boasts 12 million daily players and is owned by multi-billion dollar Chinese holding company Tencent Holdings. And perhaps what is most amazing is the obvious sarcastic tone of the message, which was a response to another player insulting him.
After being called ‘insane’ in a comment either by his teammate or a player from the other team, Carter responded with a sarcastic joke. According to the local Texas news channel and the boy’s father Jack Carter, Justin replied:
‘Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts.”
An obviously sarcastic remark, but to follow it up Justin actually goes on to clarify that he’s joking by writing ‘lol, jk’ which means ‘laughing out loud’ and ‘just kidding’. Not exactly a funny joke, sure, but he’s obviously not implying that he will do these things. Justin is responding to someone calling him ‘insane’ by embellishing on the concept and attempting to make a funny joke in response via sarcasm.
A response that he now regrets while sitting in jail facing trial for being a terrorist, after a Canadian woman who saw the chat log within the game (presumably the mother of one of the other kids playing the game) went and looked up Justin’s address on Google before calling the police and reporting his Austin location. Just from Justin’s name alone, she was able to find enough information to send the police to his home. She was not only able to pinpoint his location, which was near an elementary school, but also find his former address and send the police over to arrest him for terrorist threats.
Teenagers posting similar statements on Facebook have also been arrested.
The bottom line here? Don’t give your information out online to anyone, and expect everything you say to be looked at by minds that have been thoroughly washed by the mainstream media propaganda machine to consider everyone a terrorist. Even the police in this case were admittedly fired up from the Newtown shooting that was probably still on the 24/7 news cycle back when Justin was arrested. This issue was later addressed by a DOJ report, in fact, that highlighted the serious issues with police diverting so much time into preventing school shootings that only kill around 35 per year while ignoring real homicides and gang-related crime.
The report by news organization Daily Caller confirms this:
“Authorities noted that recent school shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut have caused them to evaluate all potential threats seriously. Newtown was still fresh in their minds at the time of Carter’s arrest.”
The potentially good news is that there is still a shred of hope for Justin thanks to the press on this story (which is also why I am covering it), and the fact that his parents have setup a Change.org petition to stop Justin from being branded a terrorist. Right now it has 15,000 signers and needs about 14,000 more.
Ultimately, what happens with Justin’s case will tell whether or not we will see a new wave of innocents sent to jail as terrorists for hurting the feelings of those brainwashed by mainstream media paranoia. Sign the petition and swing history towards the side of reason.