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Teen jailed after League of Legends disagreement

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An 18-year-old Texan has been jailed since 27 March 2013 as a result of comments made during an argument about a League of Legends match. In-server anger spilled over onto Facebook, where the incarcerated Justin Carter made a comment that referenced school shootings.

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His father, Jack Carter told Texas news station, KVUE that

“Someone had said something to the effect of 'Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head,’ to which 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." 

A woman from Canada who saw the post and was not amused despite the “loljk” did a Google search, found Justin Carter’s address (which un-serendipitously is located near an elementary school) and called the police. The police did not find Justin’s comment amusing either and arrested him the following month. He has been charged with making a terroristic threat and is facing a sentence of eight years in jail for his sarcastic comment.

Justin’s comments poorly-timed considering that they were made only two months after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut; however, the fact remains that Justin hadn’t actually “shot up a school full of kids” and nor did he plan to. His comments were in poor taste, but essentially he has been jailed for a flippant comment made on Facebook during a fight about a game.

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His family have started an online petition, pleading with US President Barack Obama to release Justin and to change the investigativee criteria for terrorist threat laws in America.

What this means for you folks is that if you’re going to argue about an online game the public domain, remember to keep it clean or you may find yourself a victim of a travesty of justice just like this one.

Source: Gamespot.com via KVUE.com

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