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7 People Who Were Arrested Because Of Something They Wrote On Facebook

Published on July 15, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

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Many people exercise poor judgement on Facebook, a site where Freedom of Speech may no longer apply.

Recently, young Facebook users who have posted controversial status messages have ended up in jail.

Sometimes the messages they typed were actually offensive. Other times they were jokes gone terribly wrong. One teen was even arrested for posting violent rap lyrics.

Most of the time, the Facebook offenders are impulsive. They type before they think, and lately they’ve had to pay serious consequences.

Justin Carter is a 19-year-old who has been in jail since February 2013.

The reason: he was allegedly insulted by a fellow League of Legends gamer who questioned his mental state and retorted:

I think Ima shoot up a kindergarten / And watch the blood of the innocent rain down/ And eat the beating heart of one of them.”

The comment worried a Canadian woman who tipped authorities. Carter’s house was searched, his computer was taken, and he was arrested. He’s currently awaiting a trial even though he and his family maintain that the Facebook messages were meant to be sarcastic.

A teenager in England, Matthew Woods, was sentenced to three months in jail after making numerous inappropriate comments about a five year old, April Jones and a four year old, Madeleine McCann, who disappeared, according to The Daily Mail.

The offensive comments stemmed from Sickipedia, a site that encourages the swapping of tasteless jokes.

Woods’ Facebook messages included: “I woke up this morning in the back of a transit van with two beautiful little girls, I found April in a hopeless place.” and “Who in their right mind would abduct a ginger kid?”

Woods’ mother wasn’t pleased. Daily Mail says she wrote a follow up message, “You should stop and think things out before opening ya gob,” at which point Woods wrote an apology and said he had been drunk while writing the messages.

Still, an angry mob showed up at Woods’ house and the court was notified of the offensive comments. Woods was told at the time of his sentence, “This was a disgusting and despicable crime which the bench finds completely abhorrent…We felt there was no other sentence which would convey the abhorrence that many people have for this sort of crime.

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