A Texas teenager who has been in jail since March faces an eight-year prison sentence because of a threatening joke he made while playing an online video game.
“He 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,’ and the next two lines were lol and jk,” said Jack Carter, Justin’s father, in a statement to a local news channel.
But a Canadian woman who saw the post looked up Carter’s Austin address, determined that it was near an elementary school, and called the police.
So a kid who is obviously of no threat whatsoever to anyone is at risk of having his life ruined because he made an innocuous (yes, it is completely innocuous) joke online. I assume that that has to be the reason they're going after this kid - that noone in their right mind could ever actually mistake him for a terrorist.
I wouldn't get too sentimental about that First Amendment, Americans. Think of it as a museum piece.