Harvard Student Faked Bomb Threat to Get Out of an Exam


The bomb threats at Harvard this week turned out to be nothing more than a stressed-out student trying to get out of taking a test. Seriously. The hoax that led to four university buildings being evacuated on Monday was linked back to 20-year-old Eldo Kim, who admitted sending the threats out of “a desire to avoid a final exam.”

Sorry dude, but it would have been way better to retake the class than to perpetrate a fake bomb scare. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.


An affidavit filed by the FBI with the criminal complaint said Kim “emailed bomb threats to several Harvard offices, including the campus police and the student newspaper.” He picked the addresses randomly from the school’s website.

In the anonymous emails, Kim said that shrapnel bombs were placed around the campus, and that police must act quickly “for they will go off soon.”

Once he heard the alarms go off, he knew his plan had worked, and he evacuated alongside everyone else.

His plan would’ve gone off without a hitch, as he used TOR and Guerrilla Mail, which create temporary and anonymous email addresses. But he forgot about the campus WiFi. University technicians were able to trace that it was Kim who was trying to get to TOR through Harvard’s wireless network.

Busted. And super not cool. It's been less than a year since the Boston marathon bombings, and scaring people like that it just plain selfish and mean.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever faked to get out of taking a test?

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