Eldo Kim, the Harvard bomb threat hoaxer, is using the defense that he threatened the school because he was under too much pressure. We’ve been following the Harvard bomb threat hoax closely because it’s fascinating how far students will go to avoid failure. Calling in a fake bomb threat actually turned out to be a way worse fail than bombing an exam (no pun) but when study after study shows that we millennials are the most “stressed” generation, shouldn’t we take his reasoning seriously instead of as entitled?
Sometimes I feel like we are a generation of Beyonces, driven towards flawless victories in our careers. Willing to give up life, love and even children in order to ensure a secure future in a landscape that currently offers no security at all. We’re a generation with massive access to technology and a part of a more global world, but what that has really shown us is that the world, in all of its beauty, is generally unfair, dishonest and even oppressive to most people. Maybe that’s why we work so hard and give up so much, we want whatever piece of the pie is available to us in a world of dwindling resources.
Kim’s public defender, Ian Gold said, “It’s finals time at Harvard. In one way, we’re looking at the post-9/11 equivalent of pulling a fire alarm. Certainly I’m not saying the government response was unjustified, but it’s important to keep in mind we’re dealing with a 20-year-old man who was under a great deal of pressure.”
While it’s not a big deal because it was a fake, I can’t help but feel like it’s hugely insulting and insensitive considering the recent Boston Bombings and the rampant school shooting this country has experienced in the last few years.
Still, I can only hope we work this hard so that our kids can be a part of the chillax’ed generation.
Via. Huffington Post