Father of Jailed League of Legends Player Says Threat Was a Joke

The father of Justin Carter, the 19-year-old League of Legends player that now faces up to eight years in prison for threatening Facebook comments, says that the whole thing was meant as a joke. Today on CNN the father of the Texas teen – Jack Carter – said that his son was scared, depressed, and concerned that he may never get out of jail.

"He’s very depressed, he’s very scared…and he’s very concerned he’s not going to get out. He’s pretty much lost all hope," Jack Carter told CNN in an interview this morning.

"It's very hard, to hear your child…hopeless," said Justin's mother.

Justin has been in jail for five months and is currently on suicide watch in solitary confinement.

"At first I was completely shocked. I thought it was a joke. I couldn’t believe the person who called me, I told them they had to be kidding," Jack Carter continued. "When I realized he wasn’t, I literally broke down crying, walked off the job I was on and I had to have a friend pick me up downtown because I couldn’t drive."

Jack Carter acknowledged that his son's joke was not funny but added that common sense must prevail in this case.

"He’s a good kid. He didn’t mean it. It was a joke, and he would never hurt anybody."

The parents have found pro bono representation for their son through a local law firm.

We'll have more on this story as it develops.

Source: Kotaku

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    dagnabulous says:

    Were in that culmination phase of this "mass shooting" freak out….it's getting to that Witch Hunt / Red Scare level, where you can't even allude to anything gun related without 55% of the people involved just absolutely losing their minds. To a point, it's happening enough that these things need to be taken seriously, BUT, I think an investigation into the issue should have been the first step, not jailing him for 5 months. Obviously the guy crossed the line, but that line can sometimes be hard to see from the vantage point of the internet. Hopefully with this press it's getting they'll release the kid and realize that he was just making over the top comments. Maybe monitor him and put him in counseling just to err on the side of caution, but prison is definitely not the answer in this case, in my opinion.

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    Mr.Tastix says:

    You know, I get it, what the kid said was pretty fucked up but this is a serious problem.

    Alarm bells should start ringing when we start putting strangers on the internet in the same boat as convicted murderers and rapists. There's a goddamn problem when you can get a longer sentence than either of those two groups just for posting a defamatory remark on the internet.

    Yeah, it was stupid. So is the US legal system.

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    Rohin says:

    According to http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/austin/teen-wanted-for-threatening-students:

    'According to an arrest warrant, police received a tip on Thursday that Justin R. Carter had made a posting on his Facebook page that stated "I'm f****d in the head alright, I think I'ma a shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them." ' 

    Someone called him crazy, he responded sarcastically, followed by LOL and J/K. Serious threat, alright.


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    Andrew Eisen says:

    I've been looking around but I can't find anyone reporting what Carter actually said, only his father's "he said something to the effect of…"

    If anyone finds it, let us know!


    Andrew Eisen

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