Bogus bomb threats teen jailed for three years
A teenager inspired by the Columbine high school massacre has been jailed after making bogus bomb threats to hundreds of UK schools and sparking an airport security scare.
George Duke-Cohan twice targeted schools in the UK and US with hoax messages that triggered evacuations, before phoning in a fake report of a hijacked aircraft.
The 19-year-old, of Watford, emailed Marlborough College and referred to the Columbine high school shooting. He was jailed for three years by Judge Richard Foster, at Lu ton Crown Court.
The recorder of Luton told him: “You knew exactly what you were doing and why you were doing it, and you knew full well the havoc that would follow. You were playing a cat-and-mouse game with the authorities.”
He pleaded guilty to three counts of making hoax bomb threats in September.
Prosecutor Rebecca Austin said he sent emails to 1,700 schools in the UK between March 16 and 19 this year. The emails, sent to a variety of schools, including those that cater for children with special educational needs, threatened to set off an explosive device, if payment was not made.