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Texas teenager released on $500,000 bail over 'terroristic' Facebook post

12/07/2013 18:06

Anonymous donation to family fund gets Justin Carter, 19, out of jail on charges he made threats to 'shoot up a school'.
A teenager was released from prison on Thursday after serving nearly four months for making "terroristic threats" on Facebook.
Justin Carter, 19, was released on bail after an anonymous person donated $500,000 to his family to cover bail, according to MSNBC.
In February, Carter was involved in an argument about a video game on Facebook when people responded by telling him he was "crazy". He replied: "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." The comment was followed by "lol" and "jk", to indicate the jokes were in jest.
A woman in Canada saw the posting and reported it to a Canadian crime watch group. The information then made its way to Texas, where Carter lives, and he was arrested.
Carter's bail was initially set to $250,000, then raised to $500,000 after he transferred jails.
A grand jury indicted him on terroristic charges on 10 April after he rejected a plea deal to serve eight years in prison.
His mother, Jennifer Carter, created a petition on Change.org in an effort to raise awareness about his case. She said the post was sarcastic and that her son had been repeatedly assaulted in prison.
The petition had received more than 121,500 signatures on Thursday.
His father Jack Carter agreed that the words were poorly chosen and that he understands why authorities were cautious about the comments.

Source: https://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/facebook-post-terrorist-texas-teenager