Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Harvard Student Arrested for Final Exam Bomb Threat. From Boston.Com. (He Could Have Just Waited for His Proffie to Cancel It.)

Oh, never mind.
A Harvard student trying to get out of a final exam admitted to the FBI that he sent a bomb threat that forced the university to evacuate multiple buildings and rattled the campus, federal officials said Tuesday.

Instead of going home for winter break, 20-year-old Eldo Kim was arrested Tuesday and held overnight on federal bomb hoax charges. He is scheduled to appear in US District Court on Wednesday, according to US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s office.

The FBI said Kim sent an anonymous e-mail to Harvard officials, campus police, and others at about 8:30 a.m. Monday warning of “shrapnel bombs” in four buildings.



  1. Assuming he is guilty as charged, I really, really hope this guy is expelled. Permanently. Leaving aside his willingness to play on post-marathon bombing fears (mention of shrapnel bombs specifically), his willingness to disrupt everybody else's exam because he doesn't feel ready for his a violation of community that should not be tolerated. And no, I don't care how anxious (or depressed or bullied or whatever) he was. Out, and quite possibly to jail, he goes.

  2. Years ago, before computers were widely available, an architecture student set fire to the room where all of the paper architectural models were stored for final presentation because he knew his was awful and probably wouldn't pass. The flames also destroyed the painting class's final presentations on the floor above.

    1. This was at my undergrad school.

    2. Psychopathic. This is even worse than a bomb threat, actual damage.

    3. Indeed. Sometimes it's difficult to distinguish between the merely ambitious/driven and the psychopathic at a young age, but I'd argue it's part of the responsibility of colleges (especially colleges like Harvard which tend to attract such types, among others) to weed them out of the success pool when the opportunity arises (before they end up on Wall Street, at the bar, in Congress, etc., etc.)

      The other problem with the guy in the present incident, of course, is that he thought he knew more about covering his internet tracks than he did. That type is a bit more likely to self-destruct. Maybe he's salvageable; I certainly hope he manages to rebuild a useful life in time. But it definitely should take time, with no guarantees.