Jan 31, 2022 - Politics & Policy

At least 6 historically Black colleges receive bomb threats

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At least six historically Black colleges and universities received bomb threats Monday morning, prompting closures, lockdowns and investigations, according to school officials.

The big picture: It's the second time this month that several HBCUs received such threats.

  • The previous threats, made on Jan. 5, were cleared and no bombs were found.

Driving the news: School officials at Southern University and A&M College, Bethune-Cookman University, Albany State University, Bowie State University, Delaware State University and Howard University confirmed the recent bomb threats online or via emailed statements Monday morning.

  • By Monday mid-afternoon, authorities or officials at all the colleges, except for Albany State, said the threats had been cleared and no bombs were found. Albany State did not immediately respond to Axios request for comment.

What they're saying: "We're relieved to hear that Howard and Bethune-Cookman universities have been given the all-clear and will continue to monitor these reports," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said earlier Monday afternoon.

  • The FBI “is aware of bomb threats received by some Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” the agency said in a statement provided to AP. “The FBI takes all potential threats seriously, and we regularly work with our law enforcement partners to determine their credibility.”

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that at least six HBCUs received bomb threats Monday morning, not seven. It has also been updated with additional details throughout.

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