A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that their top concern was to investigate threats against hospitals providing transgender care and operations after they arrested a Massachusetts woman for an alleged bomb threat.
FBI Boston special agent in charge Joseph Bonavolonta said at a media briefing that 37-year-old Catherine Leavy of Westfield was arrested for phoning in a hoax threat to the Boston Children’s Hospital on August 30.
He said the hospital “has received dozens of hoax threats, including harassing phone calls and emails, individual threats, and threats of mass-casualty attacks. This behavior is nothing short of reprehensible, and it needs to stop now.”
Leavy was taken into custody at her home without incident.
“As a result of her threatening call, the hospital and the surrounding area was put into lockdown, the Boston Police Department Bomb Squad was deployed, and no explosive devices were found,” Bonavolonta continued.
He went on to say that the hospital had been the subject of an “airing of grievances” over care they were providing to transgender individuals.
Leavy was charged with one count of making a false telephonic bomb threat and she faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted.
She allegedly said by phone, “There is a bomb on the way to the hospital, you better evacuate everybody you sickos.”
Boston’s Children’s Hospital had been exposed by the Libs of TikTok account and others online for providing transgender services and operations to underage people. The hospital denied the allegations and scrubbed videos about those services from YouTube and its website.
The release from the FBI confirmed that the hospital provided “the first major healthcare program in the United States to focus on gender-diverse and transgender adolescents.”
Activists on social media found what appeared to be Leavy’s political donations, most of which went to former President Donald Trump.
Bonavolonta said that there were more than a dozen specific threats to the hospital and that the FBI was treating those as a top priority.
“We will run and vet every one of them down,” he concluded.
Here’s more about the arrest:
Westfield woman arrested in Boston Children’s Hospital threat