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.