This story is almost too awful to believe -- and it's taken a turn for the worse. First teenager Justin Carter was jailed for making a bad joke on Facebook. And now he's on SUICIDE WATCH.
Let's try to make things better, and be sure that Justin knows that thousands of us stand with him.
According to his dad, while Justin was playing a video game "[S]omeone had said something to the effect of 'Oh you're insane, you're crazy, you're messed up in the head. To which [Justin] 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,’ and the next two lines were 'lol and jk' [all sic]."
Even though it was a clear joke -- underscored by the shorthand for "laugh out loud" and "just kidding" -- a woman who saw the post reported Justin to the police. Now he's in jail for making "terroristic threats" and faces $500,000 for bail and up to 8 years in prison!
And this weekend his dad told CNN
: "He's very depressed, very scared, and ... concerned that he's not going to get out.... He's pretty much lost all hope."
Please sign our petition to Justin -- we'll deliver it to his family, and also to the people who are persecuting him.
PETITION TO JUSTIN CARTER: Justin, please know that thousands of people across the country are horrified by what you're going through, and will stand with you and try to make things right.