At least six historically Black colleges and universities were targeted by bomb threats Monday. Schools in five states and the District of Columbia were all impacted.
Southern University and A&M, Howard University, Bethune-Cookman University, Albany State University, Bowie State University and Delaware State University were all targeted by bomb threats, CNN reported.
The FBI was made aware of the bomb threats, The Associated Press reported. “The FBI takes all potential threats seriously, and we regularly work with our law enforcement partners to determine their credibility,” FBI spokesperson Jenna Sellitto said in a statement to the AP.
Some schools posted updates on social media, warning that buildings were closed.
This is the second time this month that a number of HBCUs have reported similar threats in a single day, The Washington Post reported. In early January, at least eight of the schools received similar threats. It was not clear whether today’s threats were connected, The Washington Post reported.
“We are deeply disturbed by a second round of bomb threats at HBCU campuses within a month,” the co-chairs of the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus said in a statement to the AP. “Learning is one of the most noble and most human pursuits and schools are sacred places that should always be free from terror.”
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