Carter's family has created a petition on Change.org in an effort to get their son freed.
His mom explained:
So he responded in a sarcastic tone by saying something along the lines of 'Oh yeah, I'm real messed up in the head, I'm going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts' which was followed by saying JK (just kidding) and LOL (laughing out loud). His response may have been in bad taste, but it was written in a non-threatening way that didn't translate well online. None of his friends or family would even question his intention as anything other than a poor choice of words.
According to CNN, court documents revealed a more graphic comment by Carter.
Carter's parents have been unable to get him out of jail because they can not afford the steep $500,000 bail. According to National Review, Carter's judge has a history of overreaction:
The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has issued a private reprimand to District Judge Jack Robison for improperly jailing a Caldwell County grandfather after a restroom confrontation in 2009.
The reprimand, the commission's harshest form of rebuke, said Robison "exceeded the scope of his authority and failed to comply with the law" by jailing Don Bandelman for contempt of court without a hearing or advance notice of the charge.
Adrian Carrasquillo is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.