The Massachusetts State Police will summons two teenagers to face criminal charges for putting a threatening note on a student’s car at Bunker Hill Community College in July. The threat, which the suspects said was made as a prank, caused significant disruption to college operations and public transit and necessitated a large police and emergency response.
One suspect is a 19-year-old woman, the other, a 16-year-old boy. Both are from Everett. State Police are seeking the following charges against them:
– Threats to commit a crime against a person;
– Making a threat that disrupts a school or public building; and
– Disorderly conduct.
Massachusetts State Police Troop H detectives, in conjunction with Bunker Hill Community College Police, identified the suspects through a diligent investigation.
The male victim found the threatening note when he returned to his car in the parking lot of the Charlestown school on the afternoon of July 25. State Police detectives, patrols and K-9 units responded to the scene, as did explosive ordinance detection teams from the State Police and FBI. Boston Police, Fire, and EMS units also responded, as did campus police and Transit Police.
In addition to causing fear to the victim and the community, the prank threat caused the college to be locked down for more than three hours while State Police and FBI bomb technicians cleared the victim’s car. Additionally, students and staff were not permitted to enter the lot to retrieve their own cars, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority closed the Community College Orange Line stop, for the duration of the scene investigation.
The suspects’ appearances in Charlestown District Court have not been scheduled yet. The name of the older suspect will not be released until charges are filed in court. As a juvenile, the younger suspect’s name will not be released.
Regardless of the reason for the threat and the acknowledgement that it was a prank, the serious impacts it caused in terms of fear and disruption to the community, and the drain on numerous law enforcement and emergency agencies, warrant the filing of equally serious criminal charges.