Carter was released on Thursday July 11, after his family were provided with a single $500,000 donation that enable them to post his bail. Carter had been in jail since February, after the 19-year-old posted a comment on Facebook that was deemed by Texas police to be a “terroristic threat.”
Carter’s post, which he made during an argument over the online game, League of Legends, stated, “I’m f***** in the head alright. I think I’ma [sic] shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of the innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them.”
Carter then posted the statements, “JK” and “LOL” to show that his violent language was just a joke, as both of these comments are internet slang for “just kidding” and “laugh out loud,” respectively.
However, a woman was so alarmed by the post, especially when she realised that Carter actually lived near a school, that she decided to alert police who then arrested him.
Behind bars though, Carter became depressed and was targeted by prisoners who beat him up, and there was also the chance that he could have been placed in jail for 10 years because of the remark.
His father, Jack Carter, earlier this month commented that his son had all but given up hope, telling CNN, “He’s very depressed. He’s very scared and he’s very concerned that he’s not going to get out. He’s pretty much lost all hope.”
Regarding the matter, Jack Carter, added, “I thought it was a joke. I couldn’t believe the person that called me. I kept telling them they have to be kidding. When I realised he wasn’t, I literally broke down crying.”
Carter is set to appear in court on July 16.