Student charged in video bomb hoax


TORONTO -- A YouTube video that shows a Toronto museum bomb hoax has brought criminal nuisance and mischief charges against a local video arts student.

Thorarinn Ingi Jonsson, 24, will be arraigned Friday in a Toronto courtroom after his multimedia bomb hoax prompted the evacuation and cancellation of a black-tie AIDS charity fundraiser at the Royal Ontario Museum on Wednesday night.

A bomb squad was called to the museum after a worker found a fake bomb in a bag labeled "This is not a bomb," causing disruption to downtown Toronto.

An online video of the hoax was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday night.

On Thursday, Jonsson was suspended from Ontario College of Art and Design, as were two of his school instructors. The same night, the student -- whose Web site states "the destruction of the World Trade Centers" as his favorite work of art -- turned himself in to Toronto police.

His art school took a similarly dim view of Jonsson's creative pursuit.

"OCAD takes this incident very seriously, and we're happy that police have taken action. It's a terrible thing that it's happened, in terms of both the AIDS research community and also the Royal Ontario Museum," OCAD president Sara Diamond said.

A mischief charge carries a maximum five years of jail time in Ontario.