The FBI on Tuesday identified a Harvard University student as the alleged perpetrator of the false bomb threat at the college that forced authorities to evacuate four campus buildings while final exams were under way.
The 20-year-old student, Eldo Kim, who admitted to authorities that he made the bomb threat to get out of a final exam, will appear on Wednesday in U.S. district court for a criminal hearing that could result in him facing up to five years in prison, three years of supervised parole and a fine of $250,000.
The FBI said that on Monday the student allegedly sent to several university offices, including the campus police, an identical e-mail reading: "shrapnel bombs placed in science center, sever hall, emerson hall, thayer hall, 2/4. guess correctly. be quick for they will go off soon."
Those four buildings were the ones that authorities evacuated on Monday morning shortly after the threat was received, thus forcing the postponement of a number of final exams that were under way there at the time.
In the criminal complaint it filed in the matter, the FBI said, "Kim was scheduled to take a final exam in Emerson Hall ... at 9:00 a.m. on December 16, 2013. Kim stated that he was in Emerson Hall at 9:00 a.m. when the fire alarm sounded and the building was evacuated .... According to Kim, upon hearing the alarm, he knew that his plan had worked."
The FBI said that Kim took measures to hide his identity, but he was eventually tracked down because he had used the university's WiFi network, via which he was able to be identified.
Police made a thorough search of the campus but found no trace of any explosives or proof of any specific threat so they gave the all clear and by late Monday afternoon campus activities were largely back to normal. EFE