Virginia Governor Proposes Emergency Funding for HBCUs Amid Rising Bomb Threats

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This week, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) plans to ask the state’s General Assembly for emergency aid toward campus safety to help combat the rising rates of bomb threats at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

“I am angry and deeply concerned by the recent pattern of bomb threats,” Youngkin said in a written statement on Friday. “I am committed to harnessing state resources to support these institutions and will work together with them on a continued coordinated response that ensures the safety of our HBCU students and faculty.”

The emergency aid proposal comes after more than a dozen HBCUs — including Norfolk State University in Virginia — recently experienced a wave of bomb threats triggering FBI investigations.

Youngkin did not specify how much funding he would request for Virginia’s five public and private HBCUs.