State Police report charging two teens from Everett for a prank note left on a friend's car that led to the evacuation of both the community college and the neighboring T stop on July 25.
State police say the two, one 19, the other 16, were summonsed to court to face charges of threats to commit a crime against a person making a threat that disrupts a school or public building and disorderly conduct.
According to State Police:
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.
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.