Back in June of this year we reported on the plight of 19-year-old Texan Justin Carter, who was arrested back in March for making a terrorist threat online. The incident happened in February of this year. Justin Carter was either playing League of Legends or engaging in a forum conversation when another player wrote a comment calling him insane.
Carter went a little overboard with his response, according to the report. His father (speaking to local media) claims that his son said something along the lines of "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." His comments were followed by "j/k" and "lol," but forum readers didn't take it that way. Keep in mind that the timing of this comment was a couple of months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that happened in Newtown, Connecticut.
A Canadian woman, concerned about the comments, looked up Carter’s Austin address, noted that he lived close to an elementary school, and called the police. He was arrested and charged with making a terrorist threat. He has been in jail ever since and spent his 19th birthday in jail.
The story led to a petition calling on Texas to let the kid go, which ultimately garnered thousands of signatures online. Eventually Carter got out on bail. The latest attempt by Carter's legal team to get the case dismissed was denied by a Comal County, Texas court judge – according to San Antonio's KENS 5 news (as reported by Kotaku). Which means that Carter's innocent (though clearly stupid) attempt at humor will have to be played out in a Texas court.
If convicted, Carter could face up to eight years in prison.
We will have more on this story as it develops.