I dunno if you guys have seen or followed this story, but it is just...flat out infuriating. Especially to a gamer like me. Especially to a cynic like me. Especially to a smart-mouth fox like me. It KILLS me to have had to see this happen in our supposed great country.
A young man, Justin Carter, who's only 19 years old (he just turned 19...while in jail. Salt in the wound), was jailed for 8 years for making terroristic threats. This is like, the DEFINITION of a broken judicial system. 8 Years for making a sarcastic comment. A joke. It blows my mind all kinds of ways.
He was chatting with someone on Facebook about League of Legends, pretty standard fare. But dude called him "insane" over something that he had said. (Gaming trash talk, standard fare), but he replied with “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,” followed by “lol” and “jk”.
Someone completely else had taken notice of that comment, and found his personal information, and called the police on him. He was booked for terroristic threats, completely taking that line totally seriously and completely out of context, and apparently a bunch of total idiots in positions of power are agreeing that THIS was totally serious, correct, and a proper use of justice. No, no it isn't. It's WAY too freaking overblown, and it's the thought police (or in this case, their sister group, Sarcasm Squad) getting way too strong.
I can't believe that it's come to this. I know one should 'watch what they say' and crap but...really. Do we really need to walk on eggshells about every little thing we say? It's...it's heartbreaking. And I hope and pray that dude makes it out before his 20th. He doesn't deserve this. His family doesn't deserve this, and the police do not deserve the praise and back-patting they're getting for this. Justin needs to be free and back at home where he belongs. He's too young to get his life ruined over a sarcastic comment. Nobody would ever deserve something like this.
Normally, even about issues I'm passionate about, I'm rather passive when it comes to handling it online but this was my breaking point. I can't stand by and do nothing when this young man is sitting in jail, either sad, angry, or both, over a little facebook comment, when there is real crime NOT being pursued, or real crimes being punished with not even 1/8 of this guy's sentence. So join with me in this cause.
Don't stand for this. This is just plain, flat-out stupid. I know I get tired of seeing hate toward my country, but hey, if you got some rage about justice and its mistreatment in this country, vent. Because this just killed me to see how completely insane people can be.