Before September 11 and after, I have always wanted to say the word “bomb” while waiting in line for security. Call it a weakness. I understand why doing so would attract attention to myself, and would be willing to receive that extra attention, were I ever to say, for example, “I have no bombs” to a screener. I have trouble, however, in understanding how this statement of fact could be illegal.
Even so, when 17-year-old David Socha put a bomb threat in his bag, it seems reasonable to me that he be arrested for the hoax. A threat is more than simply a comment–it’s a clear statement of intended harm. I was interested to discover the nature of this threat. The Globe reports the note as reading:
”[Expletive] you. Stay the [expletive] out of my bag you [expletive] sucker. Have you found a [expletive] bomb yet? No, just clothes. Am I right? Yea, so [expletive] you.”
I think he has eloquently expressed what many of us are thinking when we have our bags [expletive] searched. Yes, we may recognize the necessity, and most of us try to remain polite and treat those executing the search with courtesy, but I doubt I am alone in being [expletively] [expletive]. This is especially so when the searches are not random.
One of his neighbors was contacted. “‘I’m surprised,’ [neighbor] Ryan said. ‘I thought he was a good kid.'”
Stupid note. Who isn’t stupid at 17? But in the world of things that teens do, should this be taking up the court’s time? Sounds like he didn’t like people messing with his business, and he made the honest mistake of thinking that he could express this in writing. He’ll learn. We all will.