Multiple Schools Closed Because of Bomb Threats

Multiple Schools Closed Because of Bomb Threats

( – When someone makes a threat against an educational institution, administrators and local law enforcement jump into action. Their first step is to carefully consider whether it is valid and worth investigating. A recent threat against a facility was so credible that it triggered a total shutdown at 13 different schools.

On February 1, 13 historically black colleges closed their campuses due to bomb threats.

Schools impacted include:

  • Alcorn State University
  • Arkansas Baptist College
  • Coppin State University
  • Edward Waters University
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Howard University
  • Jackson State University
  • Kentucky State University
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • Morgan State University
  • Philander Smith College
  • The University of the District of Columbia
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

By the same afternoon, four schools had opened back up after clearing their campuses.

The threat was part of a wave of reports in recent weeks that culminated on the first day of Black History Month. In fact, Howard University had only just opened up after suffering a separate scare on January 31.

Authorities failed to find any explosives or other issues on any of the campuses involved in the incident. Local, state, and federal officials coordinated in a series of sweeps to ensure safety.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) called for an investigation into what he labeled hate-based motives for targeting these specific schools.

Tuesday afternoon, the FBI came forward with an update. Though they have not released names, they did state six minors were involved. Unfortunately for those involved, the tech-savvy juveniles’ intentions did appear to be racially motivated.

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