Harvard Student Issued Fake Bomb Threat to Get Out of an Exam

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harvard_collegeby Barry Burch Jr.

Some students will do just about anything to get out of taking a test.  A 20-year-old at Harvard represented the epitome of this truth when in an attempt to avoid taking his exam, he e-mailed bomb threats, which sparked a great deal of panic throughout the campus, as reported by The Boston Globe.

The student is Eldo Kim.  He was released today in federal court after being told by a magistrate judge that he could live with his sister in Boston or Uncle in North Carolina, but was to never again return to Harvard.

“It’s really important that you comply with your conditions of release,” said US Magistrate Judge Judith Dein.

And that is not the end of it.  Judge Dein also ordered Kim to establish a permanent residence by Jan. 10, turn over his passport, and finally, not possess firearms or destructive devices, among other things, as reported by The Boston Globe.

Initially, Kim seemed to be a flight risk due to his dual American/South Korean citizenship, but further investigation revealed Kim renounced his Korean citizenship in elementary school after becoming an American citizen.

Though Kim’s sister and uncle had to sign for his release on a $100,000 unsecured bond, they did not have to pay anything to get him out.  However, if Kim does not show up in court they will be held responsible.

The stunt pulled by Kim was no small one.  His actions resulted in students and staff being evacuated from four building on campus and police flooding the area.  Kim may have escaped his test, but it was at the cost of a productive Monday morning for everyone else.

According to an FBI agent’s sworn statement, Kim emailed the bomb threats then began heading to class to take the exam which he so dreaded.  But when he heard the alarms go off, he knew there would be no exam that day.  “Upon hearing the alarm, he knew that his plan had worked,” said the FBI agent.

Kim sent emails to Harvard officials, campus police, and others around 8:30 a.m. on Monday.  In it he warned of “shrapnel bombs” in four buildings.

Kim faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the federal bomb hoax, as well as three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.


Barry is a scholar, who enjoys writing, arithmetic and politics.  Reach him @ Barryburchjr@gmail.com 



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