The FBI mentioned Thursday an arrest has been made in reference to a bomb menace in opposition to Boston Kids’s Hospital final month.
Catherine Leavy of Westfield, Massachusetts, was arrested with out incident and charged with one depend of constructing a false bomb menace by phone, in line with charging paperwork filed in U.S. District Court docket for Massachusetts. She faces as much as 5 years in jail.
FBI Particular Agent Joseph R. Bonavolonta mentioned at a information convention Thursday that the menace was one in all “effectively over a dozen” in opposition to Boston Kids’s Hospital. He mentioned authorities are investigating others.
Boston Kids’s Hospital had been subjected to “a sustained harassment marketing campaign primarily based on dissemination of data on-line” about trans well being care on the hospital,
Rachael Rollins, the U.S. legal professional for Massachusetts, mentioned on the information convention. A caller to the hospital on Aug. 30 is alleged to have mentioned: “There’s a bomb on the way in which to the hospital. You higher evacuate all people, you sickos.”
A number of kids’s hospitals, most notably Boston Kids’s, have been the targets of a far-right harassment marketing campaign for months, led by anti-trans influencers with hundreds of thousands of collective followers who’ve unfold misinformation in regards to the hospitals’ gender-affirming remedy for minors. The influencers have equally waged anti-LGBTQ campaigns in opposition to faculties and libraries which have been featured on conservative information applications.
Police investigated one other menace to Boston Kids’s round 11:30 a.m. ET Friday, the second that merited a police response in lower than two weeks.
Within the final week, a number of the similar influencers started to specific doubt that the bomb menace was actual. On Wednesday, one of many main drivers of the harassment marketing campaign, Chaya Raichik of the influencer account LibsOfTikTok, tweeted an electronic mail response from Boston police saying the menace didn’t come via 911. “Many questions stay. Will any journalists examine?” Raichik tweeted to her 1.3 million Twitter followers.
Raichik didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Boston Kids’s Hospital didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. In a earlier assertion, a spokesperson mentioned the hospital had been the goal of “hostile web exercise, cellphone calls, and harassing emails together with threats of violence.”