New Orleans, LA – Brian Adams, 22, of Paintsville, Kentucky, was indicted by a New Orleans federal grand jury for transmitting threatening communication to students and staff of a fifth-grade class at Laureate Academy Charter School in Harvey, Louisiana.
At the time of the alleged 2020 incident, the school was conducting classes virtually over Zoom due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Adams was accused of making racial threats during a “Zoom-bombing” of the elementary school’s virtual classroom.
US Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Adams was indicted on June 30, 2022 by a federal grand jury for the communication of interstate threats to kidnap or injure. The grand jury also made a special finding that Adams selected the fifth-grade class for his threat because of the actual and perceived race of the students and teachers.
Federal court records also indicated that Adams made verbal statements in which he used a racial slurs multiple times and threatened to hang Black people. It was also reported that the students covered their eyes and ears, or started crying.
In 2020, the FBI issued a warning as people turned to video-teleconferencing platforms to say that teleconferencing hijacking (also called “Zoom-bombing), incidents are emerging nationwide.
The FBI had also received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic or hate images and threatening language, which is also against the law.