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Texas LoL Player's Terroristic Threats Case Proceeding

A motion to quash the case against Texas teen Justin Carter failed on Monday. With the motion quashed, he will continue on to trial, though the date for that has not been announced. 

19-year-old Carter, who was arrested earlier this year for comments made on a Facebook page after a bad game of League, could be put in prison for eight years if found guilty.

 After another player called him insane, Carter responded with the following statement:

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 has since been labeled as sarcastic, but the conversation was reported by a Canadian woman who believed he was a risk after finding out that Carter actually lived near an elementary school. Since then, Carter and his counsel have been attempting to get the case thrown out of the Comal County, Texas, court. 

Now that their motion has failed, Lawyer Don Flanary previously stated that if the court failed to dismiss the charges, that there were "many other avenues to take it up on appeal... I think the law is definitely on our side."

Published Dec. 25th 2013
  • Samuel Smith
    Featured Contributor
    I remember when this first blew up. Sure it's the absolutely most ridiculous thing ever but you really shouldn't be writing stuff of that nature to others anyway.
  • Tommy Roberts
    Featured Contributor
    I think it's awful that this has lasted as long as it has. The guy was making a dumb joke, that's it. I understand why he was reported to the authorities, and I believe that was the right move, but I think we can forget it now. I reckon the guy has learnt his lesson.
  • Germaximus
    Correspondent
    I think it's really sad how far this has come. Especially since while it is unfortunate, these kind of phrases are spoken consistently on every gaming platform all day long by hundreds of thousands of gamers.

    Sure pick someone out and use them as an example, punish them, but jail is extreme to me. I think removing their access to online games or even the internet as a "grounding" would be quite a bit more fair.
    Nobody should get away with acting like that on the internet but I'm pretty sick and tired of seeing people threaten to rape moms, families, and then kill them, and all this nonsense and everybody think it's "funny"... and then you have this. Like wtf?
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    I'm of two minds of this case, I think it's good to show there are repercussions for the words you say, in any form or medium.

    On the other hand, I've heard worse things said and seen it typed out, there's no way we can imprison all those who say those types of things.

    Threats are real, and you never know, but I think the kid learned his lesson.
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    These days, one must be very, very careful about what one says on the Internet.

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