HBCUs Receive Bomb Threats on First Day of Black History Month

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Bomb threats were made to more than a dozen historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) on Tuesday, the first day of Black History Month.

At least six HBCUs — including Bowie State University, Howard University, and Albany State University — also received bomb threats on Monday, forcing campus closures and lockdowns.

These threats mark the second time in 2022 that Minority-Serving Institutions have been targeted. In January, non-credible bomb threats were made to several HBCUs, disrupting some schools’ spring opening plans.

The other institutions that received bomb threats this week include Southern University and A&M College, Bethune-Cookman University (BCU), Delaware State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Coppin State University, Alcorn State University, Tougaloo College, Morgan State University, Jackson State University, Kentucky State University, Fort Valley State University, Xavier University, the University of the District of Columbia, Spelman College, and Edward Waters University, according to CNN.

At BCU, one caller claimed to be a affiliated with a neo-Nazi organization, according to  local NBC News outlet WESH 2.

“He advised that there were seven explosives that were disguised in duffel bags and backpacks and they were all c-4,” Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young told NBC on Monday. “There was a secondary threat of an active shooter, an active shooting that was supposed to occur.”

“It’s a day before Black History Month, so I feel like it’s definitely targeted. I don’t know what exactly the message is that they are trying to put out there,” Kaleyah Belony, a BCU student, told WESH 2 News.

Local police and FBI are actively investigating the threats and have not yet found anything suspicious, according to reports.