Harvard University Student Arrested for Bomb Hoax

harvard universityA Harvard University student and research assistant was arrested Tuesday evening in connection with a bomb scare on campus Monday morning. The bomb threat was made through a series of emails. After six hours of authorities combing the campus, no bombs were found.

Twenty-year-old Eldo Kim, an undergraduate at Harvard University who writes for the Harvard International Review, was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with one count of making a bomb hoax, a charge that could cost Kim a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison if convicted. He will be arraigned in court Wednesday, and represented by a public defender.

After Kim’s arrest, a press release from Harvard University stated:

“We are aware that a member of our community has been arrested in relation to this matter and are saddened by the details alleged in the criminal complaint filed by the United States Attorney’s office today. At this time, we will have no further comment on an ongoing criminal investigation.”

At 8:30 in the morning Monday, university officials and the Harvard Crimson daily student newspaper received the same email saying, “shrapnel bombs placed in science center, sever hall, emerson hall, thayer hall, 2/4. guess correctly. be quick for they will go off soon.” Four buildings were evacuated, including the large Science Center, and local, state and federal authorities became involved.

Kim was interviewed by the FBI and a Harvard University police officer yesterday. He admitted to making the bomb threat, reportedly saying he did so to avoid a final exam.

Bomb Threats

  • In 2007, in Emerson, NJ, a bomb threat was made, in which the mayor of Emerson received an anonymous bomb threat saying five schools were going to be bombed. Every school in Emerson was searched, and no bombs were found.
  • In April 2013, a bomb threat was made during a college fair at Santa Monica College. A student found a note with the bomb threat in the women’s restroom in the library, specifying location and time a bomb would go off.
  • In 2006, at Diablo College in northern California, two bomb threats were made, and evidently they would go off “over the next few days.”
  • In September 2010, someone phoned in a bomb threat at the Eiffel Tower. The scare caused the evacuation of the famous monument, about 2,000 people, and police and bomb experts combed the Tower itself and surrounding areas, including two subway stations. Nothing was found, but the phone call was traced to a phone booth in northeast Paris. The most romantic city in the world is no stranger to bomb threats. Paris experienced a tragedy when Islamic insurgents bombed a subway station in 1995, which killed eight people.
  • In November, three Mass Bay Community College Campuses were cleared after a written note making a bomb threat was found in a men’s restroom on one of the campuses. Another written bomb threat was found the same afternoon, and another the following day, on the back of a bathroom door. The State Police Bomb Squad were called in, and nothing was found.

By Juana Poareo

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