Young Indian American Kid Admits to Police He Joked About Bomb


NEW YORK — A 12-year-old Indian American boy who was kept behind bars for three days this month for causing a bomb scare admitted to police he only joked to a classmate about bringing a bomb in his backpack, media reports said Dec. 18. The boy’s family, however, said he was framed.

As reported by, Arlington police Lt. Christopher Cook said that another student, who has not been identified, told a teacher that Armaan Singh Sarai told him (the student) that he (Sarai) was planning to blow up the school.

“Specifically, according to the student, Sarai claimed to have a bomb in his backpack, wired to go off at a certain time, and that Sarai planned to leave the bomb in a school bathroom and flee,” the report added, quoting the police official.

According to Cook, during interrogation, Sarai admitted telling his classmate about bringing a bomb, but insisted he was only joking.

“Schools take bomb threats seriously, and that even joking about having a bomb at school is considered a terroristic threat — a felony,” Cook added.

Sarai’s family, however, said he was framed.

“A bully in class thought it would be funny to accuse him (Sarai) of having a bomb, and so the principal, without any questioning, interrogation, or notification to his parents, called the police,” Sarai’s cousin Ginee Haer wrote in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.

“They kept him behind bars for three consecutive days, before finally releasing him on Monday, December 15th,” Haer wrote in the post.

In another Facebook post, also reported by, Aksh D. Singh, who identified himself as Armaan’s older brother, said: “My little brother Armaan… was taken from school to Kimbo Juvenile Center because he AND other students were joking about bomb threats. I know we live in a time when such an accusation is serious, but this is outrageous…”

According to media reports, police said they indeed went to Nichols Junior High School in Dallas, Texas, after a student told a teacher that Sarai told him he was planning to blow up the school.

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