Justin Carter, the 19-year-old "League of Legends" player from Texas jailed for making insensitive comments on Facebook after an "LoL" match, is now on suicide watch, CNN reports. Carter, who has been at the Comal County Jail near San Antonio since February, has been charged with making a "terroristic threat."
Jack Carter, Justin's father, had this to say about his son's current condition:
"He's very depressed. He's very scared and he's very concerned that he's not going to get out," Carter said. "He's pretty much lost all hope."
Carter and a friend got into an argument about the game, commonly referred to as "raging" in the gaming community. This led Carter to post this sarcastic yet violent and insensitive Facebook comment, which he now most certainly regrets:
"I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still beating hearts," Carter said. He also added "lol" and "jk" to the post, according to Justin's father.
Here is the context behind the comment, according to Jack Carter: "Someone had said something to the effect of 'Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head,' to which [Justin] 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.'"
What do the authorities in Texas hope to accomplish? Do law enforcement authorities actually believe that this will prevent teenagers from making insensitive, violent, stupid and sarcastic comments in online games as Justin Carter allegedly did? We're guessing that this probably happens every 20 seconds of every day, if not more frequently.
Here's the reality of the situation. Assuming that Justin Carter's comment was indeed sarcastic, any conclusion to this bizarre case other than the "League of Legends" player's release would ruin multiple lives: not just Justin's, but his family's lives as well as the lives of his friends.
Forget policing online games, though. How about policing the comments sections of any reasonably popular website that has ever existed in the Internet's entire history? How about policing Reddit and 4chan? Where does it end? Hopefully for Justin and his loved ones, it ends with his freedom, assuming his comment was truly an instance of sarcasm wrapped in poor taste.
In the meantime, stay strong, Justin Carter.
What do you think of this case? Do you think Justin Carter should go to prison for his comments? Why or why not? Are you a "League of Legends" or online gamer? If so, what are the worst comments you've heard and seen made by gamers, in-game or not? Sound off in the comments below.
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