What the hell is going on here?

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.


In February, Justin Carter was playing “League of Legends” — an online, multiplayer fantasy game — when another player wrote a comment calling him insane. Carter’s response, which he now deeply regrets, was intended as joke.

“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.

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