Harvard student Eldo Kim is learning a hard lesson after making email bomb threats to the campus police and others in order to avoid taking his final exams this week. CNN reported on Dec. 18 that the Cambridge resident told authorities in his alleged email to "guess correctly. be quick are they will go off soon" when he advised them bombs containing shrapnel were strategically placed around the campus in four particular buildings.
What the sophomore didn't realize is that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with other local law enforcement agencies and the Secret Service would as a necessity have to become involved in this type of crime.
These federal agencies are tasked with handling crimes and investigations of this nature and magnitude, so Eldo Kim was setting himself up for a criminal justice lesson when he first undertook to send a fake bomb threat via the Internet to one of the most prestigious schools in the country.
That hard lesson can now cost him much more than he had to lose on Monday when he was supposed to take a final exam he feared. The Harvard student is now looking at a $250,000 fine and a possible maximum of five years in prison. He will stand before the District of Massachusetts Judge Judith G. Dein on Wednesday in District Court, and he would be wise to not try claim the not guilty approach when he does.
Federal manpower and resources were used on a massive scale to find the fake bombs he alleged were on that campus. In addition, exam rescheduling costs and inconveniences to the professors and students are to be considered as well by the judge when she determines the fate of this young 20-year-old man. Thus, Eldo Kim has learned--and taught by example--a lesson to all students who contemplate calling in a fake bomb threat at a school in the near future.
The school's newspaper, The Crimson, quoted a school law professor as saying, "I don't think any lawyer in the world could save him at this point."