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Gamer Arrested for ‘Sarcastic’ Comment – On Suicide Watch

A Texas gamer is on suicide watch and has been beat up in jail according to his father. The teen was jailed over a sarcastic comment he posted on facebook after playing a League of Legends game.

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Cam9771089d ago

All of this is absolutely ridiculous. The most they should've done was put him under somebody's supervision for a period of time. I thought the law was supposed to help good? This is not what I'd expect the law to do. His life will be ruined.

cleft51088d ago (Edited 1088d ago )

What happened to innocent until proven guilty eh? Yet people think there is no problem with bringing a Kinect into your homes that monitors and records everything you say and then uploads that information to the internet, to a company that shares information with the government is no big deal.

But hey it's no big deal right? It's not like you can be jailed for saying something stupid, oh wait yes you can now. Why? Because of anti-terrorism laws that people allowed to be passed. Be very careful people, is all I am going to say. The days of innocent until proven guilty are done.

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RedHawkX1088d ago

this what happens to youtube and facebook comments the retards make. he probably didnt even have to drop the soap before the attack. hope you guys learn from this and keep all idiotic comments for 4chan sites only. still cant believe people say stupid things like that on facebook when on facebook people know who you are lol. only when anoymous do you even think about saying dumb things is what i say.

Human Analog1088d ago

Only when anonymous?!? That is the cowards road. If you won't say it to someones face, or with your identity known then you deserve to get roasted when they find you. That is the difference between civilized society, and slack-jawed mouth-breathers.

cleft51088d ago

Yeah there is no such thing as being anonymous on the internet. I can assure you that all of the comments you make can be traced back to you. Even if you use a proxy, etc. you can still be tracked. If the government is motivated enough, they can and will find out who you are.

Bzone241088d ago

I guess nowadays you have to take threats like this serious. If everyone just let it go without doing anything and he did follow through with his threats, could you imagine the uproar? A guy posting a threat on the internet and nothing was done.

Tultras1088d ago

So we punish him for a crime he may never even attempt?!?

Bubbles for the guy who can recognise where that line is from.

Also, the situation from where the line is from is oddly and disturbingly similar to this boys situation, interesting no?

FragMnTagM1088d ago

@Tultras

Minority Report

Jamiex661089d ago (Edited 1089d ago )

Anyone else find the image a little tasteless...Not sure blasting SUICIDE WATCH in big bold letters is a nice thing to do.

I don't find it too offensive, but I don't think suicide should be used to try and get views. Just my two cents.

Pascalini1088d ago

You won't find rapists and drug dealers getting this long in prison!

We have all said things that are sick at one time in our lives. Should we all be locked up?

A simple warning from the police would of been enough

wishingW3L1088d ago (Edited 1088d ago )

that's why this is so ironic. And even worse is the fact that he was beaten up in jail. A good guy with a clean record, police didn't find anything on his PC, no guns in his house... Poor kid. =/

Megaton1088d ago

Even a simple warning from the police is too heavy-handed. Police shouldn't even be involved. Kid made a joke. End of this.

TongkatAli1088d ago

Well that joke he made was in bad taste.

Megaton1088d ago

You don't police bad taste.

Angeljuice1088d ago (Edited 1088d ago )

There was a case here in England a couple of years ago where a teenager was 'joking' on line with his friends about killing his ex girlfriend. His final comment was along the lines of "by lunchtime tomorrow, she will be dead, lol".

Nobody thought anything more than he was joking around, until the next day when they found her body. A young girl of 15/16 was murdered because nobody took his threats seriously and assumed he was joking.

"kid made a joke. End of this".....really?

@below
I know for a fact that if it was your family member that was murdered, you'd be singing from a different hymn sheet. Your attitude is whats wrong with society. If he had said that comment in a pub or bar, chances are he'd get the sh!t kicked out of him, and rightly so. Just because he's on the internet doesn't make him less responsible for the things he says. Moral of the story, think before you speak, or pay the consequences.

Megaton1088d ago (Edited 1088d ago )

How many others make similar jokes on the internet daily, without anything happening? Thousands? Millions? Should they all be in jail because one guy actually did it? You can't just parade around the exception and pretend it's the rule. If they really thought it was a credible threat, they should have gone over and had a chat with the kid. It shouldn't have gone further than that, provided he wasn't stockpiling weapons and doing target practice on pictures of children.

TwistedMetal1088d ago

that joke was criminal. that's how bad it was. Who this kid think he is Gallagher?

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RedHawkX1088d ago

dont lump me in a group with you crazy commentors. Im a law abiding citizen and im not talking about Gerard butler. I dont even make threeats about trying to kill someone or eat there babys especially if i looked like leave it to beaver or was under the age of 18 or something. kids need to check themselves. If you are weak then dont talk tough on the internet. that goes for 95% of all those on the internet. Only wolfs can howl here.

WheatBread1088d ago

and this is all because of some crazy broad in canada

thekhurg1088d ago

You mean some pathetic bitch with nothing better to do in her life except sit in a room void of standard internet humor tolerance.

Shadowstar1088d ago

Look, people are told that they should report these things. Better safe than sorry and all that-- "I'm going to kill people lol" doesn't necessarily mean that you're not going to kill people. The police or prosecutor or whatever should have had more discretion after actually investigating this kid. We pay them to investigate people who make statements that they're going to hurt others, they should know the difference.

Angeljuice1088d ago (Edited 1088d ago )

@Broburger

Thats not entirely true, he does need to take some responsibility for what he said. I'm sure that if your child had just been slaughtered in their school by some spoiled, attention-seeking idiot, you wouldn't be so ready to dismiss this kind of 'joke'.

Its harsh, but I think that the 8 years is only a maximum prison term and he hasn't been sentenced yet (I could be wrong on that though). Maybe people should think before they say things publicly for shock value.

When tragedy strikes you, its difficult to cope and someone making jokes about the situation can be enough to send you over the edge. Maybe if people learn a little sensitivity from this it will be a good thing.

OrangePowerz1088d ago

It was a joke in bad taste and someone should have a serious word with him, but no need to have him locked up in prison with 500k bailout fee. Investigating properly and having him under house arrest during that time would be sufficient instead of what they did.

InTheLab1088d ago

No. All of this is because this dude is a jackass. He's the reason why he is in jail. Not some "broad" in Canada. And if he's on scuicide watch, he's clearly unstable, which makes his threat more than a joke.

Innocent men don't think about killing themselves.

And stop with this rapist and murderers getting less time, crap. He'll get the appropriate time for threatening children like all other animals.

Megaton1088d ago (Edited 1088d ago )

The appropriate time for telling a joke on the internet is 0 days in jail, just for your own future reference. Take that Berserk icon down before making comments of an idiotic magnitude as powerful as yours. You're making it look bad.

wishingW3L1088d ago (Edited 1088d ago )

the guy wants to kill himself because he's being beaten up in jail and he still have to stay there for at least 9 more years for doing absolutely nothing! By the time he gets out the guy will not even be able to find a job anymore due to his criminal record and who know if then he'd become an actual delinquent. I mean, after 10 years in jail, do you really think he'll stay the same person?

This kind of situation would make anybody to go insane and all because of some broad in Canada. -__-

RedHawkX1088d ago (Edited 1088d ago )

he aint so tough now is he? Thats why kids should watch what they say especially if they cant back it up. Im tired of posers.
here are the rules about talking tough

rules:
1. physically strong
2. rich
3. genious

if you arent one of three then shut up and sit down wasteing peoples time.

also this kid was a threat the police did a minority report on him. he was destined to do the crime.

stiggs1088d ago (Edited 1088d ago )

"Genious"

I guess that rules you out.

Lord_Sloth1088d ago (Edited 1088d ago )

So I guess bullied teens who commit suicide were the guilty parties, eh? They had that comming? Surely they just felt guilty and the bullies were just making them feel like shit because they deserved it! Suicide isn't always an act of guilt, it's often an act of desparation to escape the endless misery that you simply cannot take anymore.

It's the result of being beaten down day after day and feeling completely devoid of hope. Living as an empty husk unti you decide to end it all because you've passed your breaking point.

This is akin to you saying "Gonna Choke a Bitch" and getting thrown in jail with people who actually did and you know what they would see? A target to rape and beat as they see fit and they would do just that.

You are every bit as ignorant as your comment lets on so stop commenting until you learn to think!

InTheLab1088d ago

I do think before I comment and that's the root of the issue here. This has nothing to do with bullied teens. This man made a terrorist threat and and now he's paying for his actions.

You do not joke about out killing children. He deserves everything that's happened to him and shame on all of you people for taking up for a would be killer. You don't know this man from Adam but you all just assume he's innocent. Well, I judge men based on their actions and good men do not threaten children, joking or not.

@everyone else

Ask yourself this. If this guy were anything but a gamer, would you be in here defending this guy and pretending like he's some victim like a scuicidle teen that did nothing to be bullied other than being different?

This man gives gamers a bad name and shame on all of you for supporting him. You no longer have the right to complain about 12 years olds on live or forum troll, because no matter what they say, it's not as bad as threatening children.

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