This is just a little Public Service Announcement.
As some may already be aware, there are some of y'all that are unaware about this recent event.
In a nutshell, this 18 year old had a Facebook post about League of Legends and someone commented something along the lines of "Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head."
His response: "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
Source: Huffington Post
A Canadian women didn't find this sarcastic comment very funny and looked up his address (which was on his Facebook) and decided that him living close to a school is valid enough reason to believe this is a terrorist threat.
She proceeds to call Austin Police Department and they arrest 18 year old Justin Carter. He has been in jail for 3 months so far and faces up to 8 years in priosn
. All because of something he said on the Internet.
After 8 years, he will be 27. He will be a jobless, not-college educated 27 year old with the attempt to find a job that will take him even though he has a criminal record--for something he posted on Facebook. If he faces all 8 years, the majority of his life is ruined.
The takeaway from this story is to be careful what you post on the Internet
Every single post or comment that you post, take two seconds to think, "if this post was taken by itself, would it be a good or bad representation of me?"
I myself am not perfect and have posted things that if taken the way this was posted would put me in jail by the same standards as Justin's post, but I plan on being even more careful with what I post on the Internet and you should too.
Yes, the police department is completely unjust in considering this be worth 8 years in prison, but it is what it is. If you post something controversial and possibly violent, little things will be considered against you.
It's not always "innocent until proven guilty", in this case it's "guilty until proven innocent."
While that's not fair, the police are the one's in control.
Why is him living close to a school enough reason to arrest him?
What psychopath has thought, "oh, I want to shoot a school, but I don't live near one"?
So be careful what you post on the Internet and think, "what if the police saw this? my future employers? my school?"
And those who post very controversial things (sometimes with the intent of trolling) need to be careful too. (y'all know who y'all are)
You could end up in prison.
More info on the case: http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/27/texas-teen-makes-violent-joke-during-video-game-is-jailed-for-months/