Many reacted strongly to last week’s news that 18-year-old Justin Carter had been put in prison for posting comments on Facebook about how he was going to “shoot up a school and eat their still beating hearts.”
The boy and his family claim he was being sarcastic with the comments, saying they were made after a frustrating run of “League of Legends” play online. The pleas went in vain, however, and Carter was detained with a $500,000 bond until his court date.
Carter’s Father spoke again today, and revealed news about his son that must terrify him as a parent. Carter says his son is being repeatedly beaten up while in prison.
"Without getting into the really nasty details, he's had concussions, black eyes, moved four times from base for his own protection," says Carter's father, Jack. "He's been put in solitary confinement, nude, for days on end because he's depressed. All of this is extremely traumatic to this kid. This is a horrible experience."
Carter has been in prison since February, and unless something changes he will remain there until his July 16th court date. Carter’s lawyer, Don Flanary, says he’s never seen a bail number as high as Carter’s before.
“I have been practicing law for 10 years, I've represented murderers, terrorists, rapists. Anything you can think of. I have never seen a bond at $500,000," he said.
If Carter is convicted for his Facebook comments he may spend up to 10 years in prison. The New Braunfels Police Department says recent school shootings are the reason for the drastic legal reaction to Carter’s comments.
"The whole situation is kind of unfortunate," said New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wells. "We definitely understand the situation that Mr. Carter is in, however he made the comments, and it is an offense. We have to ... protect the general public and specifically, in this case, with it involving schoolchildren, we have to act. We take those very seriously."