Texas teen jailed after League of Legends argument out on bail

"Anonymous good samaritan" posts $500,000 bail to release Justin Carter from jail after referencing school shooting on Facebook.

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A Texas teenager jailed for comments made on Facebook after a match of League of Legends in February is out of jail this week after an "anonymous good samaritan" posted his $500,000 bail.

Texas new outlet KEYE TV reports the anonymous person came through with the funds after learning Carter's family could not afford the payment.

Carter, a 19-year-old from Austin, was arrested in March after he said on Facebook that he was going to "shoot up" a school and "eat their still, beating hearts," according to his father.

He reportedly followed up these comments with "LOL and "JK." A woman in Canada saw his comments and informed the police, who arrested Carter for making a terrorist threat.

Carter's comments came just months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were killed.

Carter spoke with CNN about his case last evening, telling the news outlet that “I just think that it got taken out of context and it’s been blown out of proportion."

If he could go back in time, Carter said he would have given more thought to his comments before posting them on Facebook. He also warned people that anything said on the Internet is more public than they may believe.

"I certainly would have thought a lot more about what I said and how permanent my writing is…. I just want to make it clear that people should be very, very careful of what they say and it's being recorded all the time if you say it on any website, anywhere. And you can get in trouble for something that's not something you should get in trouble for. And I just want people to be warned."

Carter faces up to ten years in prison if convicted.

Discussion

906 comments
csward
csward

I did some Tribunal for LoL and I  can say the game is full of this kind of talk. It's a big reason why I stopped playing. 


The game needs a mode for adults 25+ only. I mean, these kids on LoL, DotA, ect. act like they've never done anything competitive before. The idea of sportsmanship in these games is a fleeting one.

MrBunson
MrBunson

"A woman in Canada saw his comments"

RULE#1: Know who your (facebook) friends really are.

hotlinks0
hotlinks0

wait so zimmerman gets off the hook for shooting a young black teen buying skittles and this kid is looking at up to 10 years, already did 3 months, of jail time? ....yea the american justice system needs some review

gamer6130
gamer6130

its funny how the government is good at tracking innocent people but not the actual terrorists. good job American government makes me feel safer as an American.

robbiejones
robbiejones

stupid mom should of been doing the laundry etc than lookin at comments

peteyboi29
peteyboi29

welcome to the free world baby!!!! 

mathg04
mathg04

So much to the "freedom" in the USA. Silly americans...

JulyAeon
JulyAeon

For all these people who say this youngster deserves 10 yrs in an adult prison for talking something insanely stupid on line.. this could be your child next spouting rubbish whilst you join the witch hunt.  I would  like to think he learned his lesson, the hardest way imaginable. 

rad8045
rad8045

The US government obviously does not know the unwritten rules of social media.

Rule number 1. Leave all rational thinking at the door, just let your bullshit fly.

Rule number 2. Disrespect and abuse anybody who has an opinion that is different from yours.

Rule number 3. Say things just for the shock value and not what you really feel.

Rule number 4. Be the man !! Just because you let people walk over you in the real world doesn't mean you have to let them on the internet, Let the tough man inside you out and burn any fool that gets in your way.

Rule number 5. Always feed the trolls it hurts them deep inside.

Rule number 6. Always attack something that is popular, It shows the world your cool and not a follower.

Rule number 7. When you can't get anybody to listen to your rant, just make up some false facts about there favourite game or console and watch the fanboy with in them come out and bark.

Last and final rule never ever post anything under your real name that way you can be the man without getting caught out.

fiendless7
fiendless7

maybe we could catch more REAL terrorists if we werent focusing our efforts on childish teenagers with, clearly, empty threats.

you dont see 9/10ths of america's youth being arrested for plotted murder when they tell their parents they're gonna kill them do you?

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

The worst part is the US government came to his house to (investigate) him and found that their was no way he could carry such a thing out but decided to imprison him anyway where he received a BLACK EYE and CONCUSSION.  I think the constant threat of the US watching him and investigating him again should be enough.

In the US follow and shoot an unarmed man (no problem if you claim self defense).

In the US make a joke about shooting an unarmed person we have to put that person in prison, beat that person, and stripe that person naked.

MrOrbitz
MrOrbitz

I feel kind of embarrassed that a woman from my country couldn't take a joke and reported this kid.. But at the same time I recognize that in this day and age you really shouldn't be making jokes like this.. especially on a public forum like Facebook.

I'm also very ignorant of the American constitution and what it pertains to.. But I'm fairly certain the "Right to free speech" doesn't give you the right to make violent threats on peoples lives. Having said that though, the charges this guy was given (10 years in prison if convicted) is a gross over-reaction. In my mind at least.. Maybe a month in prison.. if that, and if convicted of course.

talamalopilis
talamalopilis

There must be millions of people posting stuff like that out there. ITS THE INTERNET, people post fucked up stuff, get used to it. If this is now illegal, well i dont think this is your parent's America.

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

Bless his heart, whoever he may be

Holy-Rapture
Holy-Rapture

Idk what's more ridiculous, this idiot teen in texas making a stupid joke on facebook that a woman in canada saw and called the police on him to be arrested as a terrorist or some random person coffing up half a mil for the kid

stealthyninja81
stealthyninja81

while he should not go to jail, in this day and age you simply can't say stuff like that on the internet. while it might have been blown out of proportion with all of the horrible school shootings stuff like that cant be entirely ignored or laughed off any more.

Saketume
Saketume

US Americans

report everyone - just to troll ;)

brotherjoe19
brotherjoe19

Also I forgot to add there are some games that have this thing called the Ignore Button to ignore some people you do not like. I know League of Legends has it. Its put there for a reason so you can enjoy the game without having that one specific person to ruin your fun.. If you cant handle the crap that people say in these games either ignore or unistall the game..

brotherjoe19
brotherjoe19

I think its pretty stupid about this kid going to jail for what he said. Any Massive online gamer SHOULD know what people actually say on a game. I have seen worst.. all i see is that some person complained soo much about it that they need a person to take the fall of something very stupid..

nemesys06
nemesys06

It is funny how people think he should never have been arrested in the first place.  If law enforcement were to turn the other check "he said 'LOL' and 'JK', so it's nothing", and he turned around and followed through with it, then people would be irate and complaining that "the police should have arrested him in the first place". 

Basically, it's a situation where you're damned if you do, damned if you don't.  People always want to complain about something.  I personally feel that yes, he should have placed under arrest.  Terrorist charges"  no, but do some time, learn your lesson and watch what you say and where you say it.  With all the things going on in this world today, there are some things that should never be joked about. 

Psycold
Psycold

I thought it was insane that he was jailed in the first place, that doesn't prevent any shootings from happening, so I'm happy someone stepped up and paid half a mil to get him out, I just don't think people should have to do that in the first place because we shouldn't be throwing so many of our fellow U.S. citizens in prison. 

sujith12
sujith12

he just posted the comment

where the hell would a 19 year old get weaponized guns without a license 

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

Well he typed it, jokingly on the internet...

Should someone who rapes a women get the same time in jail as someone who types jokingly (yet never would) that he would rape some beautiful celeb, lets say... I don't think so.

oneligas
oneligas

Threats that are of a serious nature should be evaluated first than if there is good reason to act legally the authorities should act accordingly, but if it's just stupid kids talking smack it should be reported to their parents to deal with it.

MrStygian
MrStygian

Honestly, this is the consequence of our own devices. There are stories where people have said they would shoot someone, have been ignored, and actually do it. People may or not realize, but terrorism on American soil is a very real possibility right now. As someone studying law enforcement and in the U.S. military, they were just following the new, stricter protocols and aren't exactly in the wrong nor in the exact right.

As for the kid, he should take this as a lesson learned and worship the ground of the anonymous person.

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

really?500,000$?he is not even 21 and he just typed that and not even threatened anyone!all that for a Facebook comment?you can get arrested for a Facebook comment?did they find any evidence?weapons?criminal record?mental diagnoses?sings of aggression problems?drugs or Anti-social behavior?(in real life not on the internet!)lemme just say this boy had a shitty lawyer and a cold hearted judge!!you think a mass murderer is that dumb to clearly say it out loud,what is he going to do?sure what ever...those who really should be arrested are walking freely and the police is playing dumb!Nice job arresting the criminals!Uncle Sam would be so proud!

DemiGenius24
DemiGenius24

Great, more fuel for the politicians to say gaming = violence   *facepalm 

csward
csward

@hotlinks0 The black teen was high on weed, big and strong as any football player, and was slamming Zimmerman's head with a concrete block. The outcome is unfortunate, but the teen was far from as innocent as you make him out to be.

rad8045
rad8045

Carter's mistake was not following the very last rule.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@fiendless7  

The pressure cooker attack used black powder explosives that are also used in colonial age guns but the US intelligence didnt think it strange that two young adults bought rare gun paraphernalia without a gun to use it.

Evilbunz
Evilbunz

@MrOrbitz he was having a conversation with his friends on his facebook wall about a game of league of legends. I want to know what the fuck a grown ass woman from Canada was doing looking up a profile of a kid from Texas. That is the most confusing thing ever..... is she a facebook stalker, stalking profiles of kids??

rad8045
rad8045

@Holy-Rapture I would go with the second option. Only because I don't have that kind of cash and any real sympathy for total strangers.

Busta
Busta

@nemesys06 Arrested. no.  Tax payer dollars a waste.  I agree with you that if something would have happened.  Ignorant folks would have said " he shoulda been arrested" .   That doesn't make them right.  They woulda complained, let them.

He makes the threat.. Watch him.  Cause what's to say he still doesn't do it if the charges don't stick.  Which you seem to agree that they wont.  But you wanted to use tax payer money to scare him.. Learn him and everyone else a lesson.

"there are some things that should never be _joked_ about"   is what you said.  ya i agree.  But you don't get arrested for a  joke.


Boogy32
Boogy32

@oneligas He's not a kid anymore. Still it's not fair that he stands to serve 10 years for a little sarcasm.

talamalopilis
talamalopilis

@MrStygian This is not the right way to do it. Its not right to arrest innocent people who got mad after losing a game and jokingly made a threat. Hell ive done it, im sure youve done it too. im sure 90% of the population at one point or another has made an offensive or threatening joke. 

JamisonJB
JamisonJB

@rad8045 you sure they didn't track him by his IP?

U.S. government went too far, that's for sure. Can't say that I agree with the idea, that cyber-space should be handled as if it's fantasy though.

True, the internet is collection of text and servers, but what is done online most likely will have consequences in the real world. Setting a precedent that acts on the net have no impact is dangerous imo.

amar1234
amar1234

@Evilbunz @MrOrbitz  


Its  lies, the truth is, that the government uses watch words , which basically means that the NSA monitors the internet at all times (mainly facebook and twitter and some other sites), they use special software that will pick up on key words, and if they get flagged they investigate further, this is not science fiction its really happening and how, nearly every terrorist in this day and age gest stopped ( they do same on phones). 


They cant say that can they? So they make up a story that no one can really confirm,I mean some woman from Canada, how they gonna find her?


If you dont believe me, then start talking about a non existent terrorist plot with your friend for a few weeks on a phone and email, and i guarantee that they will start looking in to you. If you then say something like we " do it on thursday, and then walk out your house  with a bag and go to  a tube station on thursday. I guarantee you will get arrested.

csward
csward

@Evilbunz @MrOrbitz Maybe she was the mom of one of the kids he was talking rudely to? Otherwise it seems strange someone not of this country would look him up..

MrOrbitz
MrOrbitz

@Evilbunz @MrOrbitz I agree.. it's odd that she'd even be aware of that conversation to begin with.

I guess it goes to show you that even if you're on your personal "space" on Facebook you should watch what you say because you never know what someone might take away from it.

MrOrbitz
MrOrbitz

@arc_salvo @MrOrbitz I'm aware he was joking. I agree that the woman who reported him overreacted to his joke and took it the wrong way.. But really, with all the crazy stuff going on in the U.S right now it's not that surprising that the authorities took his joke seriously.. I mean if they had done nothing and the kid actually did act on his joke, people would probably be saying "Why was nothing done about this kid beforehand" 

It's a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation.. He should've just not said it to begin with.

Busta
Busta

@sujith12 @edgewalker16 bail is given back when you appear in court.  It's supposed to be a substantial amount so you won't just take off.

And how much of a waste is it really?  Right to a speedy trial. How long was he in jail for already?  Not speedy enough imo.  See how much you'd be willing to pay to not sit in jail for a crime you don't feel you should be there for.

MrStygian
MrStygian

@talamalopilis @MrStygian That is merely subjective. If you read my statement a tad more carefully, I did not say it was completely right. Just like the law states, people ARE innocent until proven guilty, otherwise, it's the fact they are possibly contemplating the act that forces law enforcers to act with discretion and they were simply acting on a tip sent from someone else. It's not about one person, it's about the bigger picture, the greater good. Oh and I've made an offensive joke, but I've never made a threat. There's a huge difference between the two.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@MrStygian @talamalopilis  

So even though US intelligence went to his house and searched his house and found no evidence he was planning on becoming homicidal it was right to arrest him, beat him, and strip him naked?