Harvard Student Caused Bomb Scare to Dodge Exam

He now has no hope of dodging prison

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 18, 2013 1:12 AM CST | Updated Dec 18, 2013 7:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Calling in a bomb threat is a really, really bad way to try to get out of your final exams, a Harvard student has discovered. The FBI says Eldo Kim, 20, has confessed to sending an email warning of "shrapnel bombs" on campus, forcing the evacuation of four buildings. Instead of heading home for the holidays, the sophomore is now being held on federal bomb hoax charges, which carry up to five years in prison, reports the Boston Globe.

Kim—who was present for his exam when the building was evacuated—used a temporary email address and the TOR random IP address generator to send the threat, but it was quickly traced to the Harvard wireless network, according to the Boston US District Attorney’s office. The university's finest legal minds predict that Kim will plead guilty in the face of overwhelming evidence against him. "I don't think any lawyer in the world could save him at this point," Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz tells the Harvard Crimson.

SWAT team officers arrive at a building at Harvard University after the bomb threat earlier this week.
SWAT team officers arrive at a building at Harvard University after the bomb threat earlier this week.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Kim calls himself a research assistant analyzing partisan taunting on his profile on a Harvard website.
Kim calls himself a research assistant analyzing "partisan taunting" on his profile on a Harvard website.   (Institute for Quantitative Social Science)
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