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Be Careful With What You Post

By umer936 on June 29, 2013
Hello guys.

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/
2AndrewRoks1998 4 years ago
7ultraluigi 4 years ago
And plus, this is why I never use my Facebook. A job employer can't ding me for not using social media.
7ultraluigi 4 years ago
Bi monthly in-depth background checks for 360 million Americans... Cool idea bro.
23wellsandlava 4 years ago
That's scary
43GuitarBoy 4 years ago
Everybody's worried because school's and theatres are all being shot up by nutjobs.

If they really want to prevent terrorism, everybody needs a thorough background and psychological checkup every 2 months or so. THAT should be law.

And if you disagree, then you may as well have something to hide.
7YingYangGirl 4 years ago
@IISuperWomenII They got life sentences, where did you get 2-3 years from? That's impossible for the crime they did...
7angelrulez7 4 years ago
1TrialError437 4 years ago
0_0 holy...
6ShadowFall 4 years ago
Why was some Canadian women just scrolling this 18 year old kids profile is what I want to know.
10JasonTodd 4 years ago
1. That's against the first constitution.
2. I don't use facebook, nor will I ever use it or any other major social media website.
3. "A Canadian woman..." God damn Canadians...
8dan07171260 4 years ago
Good thing a rarely post stuff on facebook, instagram, etc..
43GuitarBoy 4 years ago
No. @Abu

This is why you shouldn't post crap like you do in the first place.
15SuperCam 4 years ago
I like this

Very important for those to hear it
10sonicman68 4 years ago
I am so reminded of the one skit from The Whitest Kids U' Know, where Trevor is stating how it's illegal or legal to say certain things. XD

"It's illegal to say in public 'I'm going to shoot the president of the United States of America.' Now, it was okay there, because I was stating that it was illegal to say that in public."
34BlueLake2 4 years ago
Morale of the story: Use Twitter. Job employers NEVER look at your Twitter.
32Abu 4 years ago
This is why you should be a privacy freak.
20IISuperWomenII 4 years ago
It's surprising how this occurred in Texas. ._.
20IISuperWomenII 4 years ago

I myself think,the Goverment needs to have more of a strict policy.Remember the School shooting with the guy who went crazy and shot A few Teachers and 25 Childeren and the "Theater shooting",yeah they got like 2 or 3 years of Punishment in prison.

This guy gets 8 years.
30Yenwood 4 years ago
If my future employer looked at the things I say and could not immediately see they were in jest, then I have no business working for him. >
51umer936 4 years ago
Yep @rayword45

It's not fair, but you should still watch what you post.

All future jobs WILL look at your Facebook.
22rayword45 4 years ago
And Casey Anthony is still free.