Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to Exercise Their 1st Amendment Rights

This last winter a Texas teenager, Justin Carter, made a very stupid and tasteless mistake. After his friend insulted him by calling him "crazy" over the internet, Carter responded by way of the same medium, "I think I'ma shoot up a kindergarten. And watch the blood of the innocent rain down. And eat the beating heart of one of them." Then, Carter indicated that he was joking. Stupid.... tasteless... and, yes, conceivably worthy of police investigation. However, Carter has been jailed on (an unaffordable) $500,000 bail since the late winter/early spring (accounts vary), through the spring and now well into the summer. According to his parents (who claim that he is a danger to no one at all), he has been assaulted numerous times and is now in solitary confinement on suicide watch, stripped naked in a dimly lit cell with a hole in the ground. A new bond hearing is still an achingly week's time away. Thanks be to God that Carter has parents who are making noise about his condition. But,...(Read Full Article)

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