Carter, who was 17 at the time, told her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy to, "Get back in," his carbon monoxide filled truck. Prior to the call, Roy sealed the windows with duct tape; he connected a hose to the tail pipe; and he fed it into the window where he filled it with carbon monoxide. Then he called Carter after he stepped out of the car. He told her he was trying to kill himself with carbon monoxide. When he asked for her advice, she told him to, "Get back in." He got back in the truck, and police found him dead the next day. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carter was tried in front of a Massachusetts judge. The judge justified the ruling by saying:
“She admits in subsequent texts that she did nothing, she did not call the police or Mr. Roy’s family,” Judge Moniz said. “And finally, she did not issue a simple additional instruction: ‘Get out of the truck.’” From New York Times article.
This judge relied on voluminous online correspondence between the two in making his ruling. It certainly sends a message to people, and it should cause many to rethink what they say online, on the phone, and in person. Whether or not this message will continue to resonate remains to be seen.