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FBI Is Investigating Bomb Threats To At Least 6 HBCUs

FBI Is Investigating Bomb Threats To At Least 6 HBCUs

At least six Historically Black Colleges & Universities have received bomb threats on Monday, forcing shelter-in-place orders and class cancelations. The FBI is investigating. This is at least the second time this month that multiple HBCUs have been targeted with bomb threats.

[Howard University dorm buildings, November 4, 2021. Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images]

According to the Washington Post, the following schools received bomb threats Monday morning:

Howard University in Washington, D.C.; Bowie State University in Bowie, Md.; Delaware State University in Dover, Del.; Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla.; Albany State University in Albany, Ga.; and Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge

Earlier this month at least 8 HBCUs received similar threats, but were given the all-clear by the end of the day.

In a statement, the FBI acknowledged the threats, but made no mention of the apparent targeting of Black institutions.

The Daytona Police released a statement in the Bethune-Cookman threat, saying the campus had been cleared of any threat but that they’re still asking everyone to stay off the campus for the rest of the day.

Bowie State University first announced the campus would be closed due to an unnamed emergency, later updating to reveal the bomb threat and call for all personnel to work remotely and hold classes virtually for the day.

Southern University has, as of this afternoon, also been given the all-clear by local police, and will be keeping classes and other normal operations closed, but students who live on-campus are permitted to access some facilities.

Albany State University’s latest update is that law enforcement is checking the campus “out of an abundance of caution,” and that employees and commuter students should not enter the campus.

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