This kid probably had a piece of fuse in his pocket and was trying to be a big shot in front of his buddies by exagerting what he had. Bus driver overhears him and now he will have a permanent criminal record.
Criminal records of juveniles are not automatically sealed when the kid turns 18. When he is an adult, he must make a request to the court to have his records sealed, and the court may or may not seal the records. So, the juvenile may well have a record all his life for a terrorist act. When he procured the detonation cord, he took concrete actions to execute the bomb plot that he talked about on the school bus.
If he is convicted, it will affect his career and his ability to get a college eduction. Typically, a Pre Employment Screen Background Search includes Verification of identity, SSN, employment history, education, and address history. Checks State and county criminal records, sexual offender, terrorist watch, credit check, bankruptcy. Bomb making and bomb threats are a Federal crime and will show up in Federal criminal records . He will not be able to travel to other countries for work or vacation.
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It’s probably what that kid wanted to do: to look cool in front of his friends. But he should have known where the line is drawn and what he shouldn’t do. Unfortunately this can happen to any kid, even good ones. And then, what do we do? We brand them as terrorist just because they didn’t know better? And we give them a criminal record for this?
Come on, man! Since when do we punish kids for holding a piece of fuse in their pocket? If it’s clear he just wanted to look cool why not keep a close eye on him, fine him but not brand him a criminal. That’s just too much if you ask me. We need to be a little more lenient with the people that deserve it.
I agree with you that the kid probably was just looking for some attention but this is not the way to get it. Bombs and terrorism are just too sensitive of a subject to be dealing with them like that. In my opinion, when you make a mistake you must pay for it. And yes, you can do background checks but in some cases these people don’t have a criminal record and won’t show up in such a search.