Texas teen charged with making terroristic threat after online joke
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – An Austin man wants to warn other parents and teenagers that statements made on social media websites can land them in jail.The episode happened in March. He's still in jail. He's facing possible jail time of up to eight years. Now, I know that folks in Texas like to think that they're not part of the US sometimes, but last time I checked, they were - and the First Amendment should still apply. I haven't the faintest idea how they're extrapolating his stupid comments as a threat - it's not like he named a school, or any people, or anything like that. It was a dumb comment, certainly, but that does not mean he should be in jail three months later.
Justin Carter was 18 back in February when an online video game "League of Legends" took an ugly turn on Facebook.
If for nothing else, we are going to need to build a LOT more prisons if we start locking people up for saying dumb things online...
That is all.