Boy jailed for Facebook fight has posted $500,000 bail thanks to an “anonymous good Samaritan”

Justin Carter

Not long ago, I wrote about a young teen that had been arrested and jailed for “terroristic threats” which he made on Facebook. As it turns out, an anonymous source has posted the $500,000 bail for 19-year-old Justin Carter.

After playing a game of League of Legends, Carter continued an argument which spilled over to his Facebook page. Another gamer accused him of being crazy, to which Justin responded, “I’m [expletive deleted] in the head alright, I think I’ma SHOOT UP A KINDERGARTEN.”

Although it wasn’t exactly the brightest statement ever made publicly, one can see that there’s room for interpretation there. Carter’s parents solidified that fact by saying their son followed up that comment with “LOL” and “J/K,” which both imply that he was only kidding around. A woman in Canada didn’t find Justin very funny, and called the police in regards to the Facebook comments. The rest is history.

As reported by Ars Technica, Officer McKay (first name undisclosed) of the Comal County Jail, confirmed that Justin has indeed posted bail and has since been released. MSNBC claims an “anonymous good Samaritan” freed the young man.

Carter’s family actually started a petition at which called for his release. As of now, the petition page has yet to be updated with said news. The petition currently has over 123,000 signatures, which happens to be well over its 26,809 signature goal.

It will be interesting to see what happens to Carter from here on out. Obviously, he will be required to visit a court of law real soon.

[via Ars Technica]

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  • Seamus McSeamus

    I’m glad someone bailed the kid out. What he did was incredibly stupid, but in the end I don’t think it takes a genius to sort out that he was mouthing off with no intent of following through on his threat.

    As an aside, I find it troubling that this boy was whisked away to jail and held on a half million dollar bond for making threats to kill people, while others are allowed to threaten murder and mayhem if the jury doesn’t return a result that they approve of in a certain high profile case currently being tried in Florida.

  • Mike

    [@Louis] Nope–as a general matter, 18 makes him an adult for being tried, poor sod. He was acting as a child, however–really, system?

  • Briley Kenney

    [@Louis] I believe he spent his 19th birthday in jail. 18 when he went in, 19 when he came out.

  • Louis

    $500,000 ? That’s a little overzealous, come on, stupid, and as serious a general issue this may be (and it is, but in a general sense), justice isn’t generalised, it’s specific, and in this specific case I can hardly see a pc game playing boy being a flight risk !

    By the way, in the last post, I’m sure it stated he is 18 y.o. — even if he’s had a birthday inbetween, he will be tried as an 18 year old, the age of his alleged transgression (I assume — I’m not from the USA) — any difference in the US being 18 or 19 ?