Teen Jailed For Facebook Post Expresses Regrets | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

Teen Jailed For Facebook Post Expresses Regrets

"I certainly would have thought a lot more about what I said. ... People should be very careful about what they say" on social media sites.

That was the word Friday morning on CNN's New Day from Justin Carter, the 19-year-old Texas gamer who was arrested and jailed in February after making a Facebook comment about a school shooting.

His case has attracted attention around the nation, especially after Carter's father said his son had been beaten up by other inmates at the jail in Comal County, Texas, where he was being held while awaiting trial.

Thursday, as the All Tech Considered blog reported, an anonymous donor posted the $500,000 bond to allow Justin to go home.

CNN landed what it says is the first interview with Carter. He was joined by his parents and his attorney. They will be pushing to have the case against him dismissed.

Carter got in trouble with the law, as All Tech has reported, for this:

After he finished playing the online game League of Legends, where the community trash-talking can get quite toxic, court documents show he posted the following messages on a Facebook page:

"I think Ima shoot up a kindergarten / And watch the blood of the innocent rain down/ And eat the beating heart of one of them."

Carter's father says his son was responding to an insult by being sarcastic and followed the message with "JK" for just kidding, but that's disputed by police.

Update at 11:35 a.m. ET. CNN's Interview:

Carter's conversation with CNN's Kate Bolduan on New Day is online.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

What Are The Secrets of Centenarians?

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner studies the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live longer than anyone else on the planet.
NPR

Census Reveals Universe Of Marine Microbes At Bottom Of The Food Chain

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.
NPR

Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Polls show the "yes" vote is stronger in the conservative, predominately Catholic country. But public opinion surveys could be masking a "shy no vote," observers say.
NPR

Mechanical Turk Workers: Secret Cogs In The Internet Marketplace

There are hundreds of thousands of people doing stuff to your Internet experience that you may think is the work of an algorithm. They're working from home doing tiny tasks computers can't quite do.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.