Nine historically black colleges and universities received bomb threats that led to the evacuation of students, faculty and staff.
Spelman College, North Carolina Central University, Howard University, Norfolk State University, Prairie View A&M University in Texas, Texas Southern University, Florida Memorial University, Xavier University of Louisiana and The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff reported Bomb threats on Tuesday that have since been dealt with.
On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, the Department of Public Safety in Spelman and the Atlanta Police Department responded to a potential bomb threat at Manley College Center. After a thorough search, no devices were found and the building was secured. APD is actively investigating. pic.twitter.com/BtkD9q0zvc
— Spelman College (@SpelmanCollege) January 5, 2022
Understood. Howard’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) and MPD responded to a potential bomb threat on campus this afternoon. The perimeter has been secured and searched. No active devices were found and the area has been cleared.
— Howard University (@HowardU) January 4, 2022
Although local law enforcement was called and no explosions took place at the site, there is no clear indication if the threats are related or racially motivated.
Looking at the timeline of events, two of the institutions received threats around the same time. Pine Bluff said they received a threat around 5:15 p.m.; Shortly thereafter, North Carolina Central University alerted officials to a threat. The other HBCUs have not revealed the timing of their threats but said the news arrived in the evening.
The NSU police department concluded the investigation into a bomb threat received on Tuesday evening and gave the “all clear”. The students have been secured at a hotel and the dormitories will remain closed until 8am on Wednesday. NSU police and authorities secured campus. In an emergency, call NSU at 757-823-9000. pic.twitter.com/Przq4fOzA0
— Norfolk State University (@Norfolkstate) January 5, 2022
North Carolina Central University emailed an “Eagle Alert” to students and staff shortly after the bomb threat at 5:30 p.m., urging evacuation. With help Of local authorities, the North Carolina Central University Police Department said all campus buildings are safe for the return of students, faculty and staff. The institution sent an all-clear around 9:15 p.m. welcoming students and staff back to campus.
The Washington Post reports that the frequency of bomb threats in the country has decreased over the past two years, but the number of actual bombings has increased.