A Harvard University student is charged with masterminding a bomb hoax. The student identified as 21-year-old Eldo Kim faced a court in Boston today, December 18 and if he’s found guilty under the bomb hoax statute, he could be jailed for up to 5 years, three years supervised release and pay a $250,000 fine.
On Monday December 16, Kim allegedly sent identical emails entitled “bombs placed around campus” to Harvard University police, college officials and the student newspaper. The email which was received around 8:30 in the morning also said that shrapnel bombs have been placed in four buildings.
Dozens of FBI agents were called in and the four buildings were evacuated. However, after hours of searching no explosive devices were found.
The emails were sent anonymously but FBI has an affidavit of Kim’s confession about sending the emails.
There was supposed to be a series of tests at Harvard that day but most of them were postponed due to the bomb threat hoax. Kim was supposed to have a test that morning too but he wanted to evade taking that test hence he orchestrated the bomb hoax.
Harvard school officials are saddened by the fact that the perpetrator is one of their students but they would no longer comment due to the ongoing investigation.