Second day of bomb threats against multiple historic Black colleges and universities

For the second day in a row, several historic Black colleges and universities received bomb threats Tuesday, resulting in on-site shelters and canceled lessons when authorities swept campuses in search of devices. No explosions were reported.

Howard University, in Washington, DC, was threatened on both days. It declared an all-clear Tuesday as well as Monday.

Howard University
This July 6, 2021, stock photo shows a sign outside the Howard University campus in Washington.

Jacquelynn Martin / AP

CBS Washington, DC, affiliate WUSA-TV says a bomb threat was also reported to the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Tuesday.

Other schools facing threat Tuesday Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida, Kentucky State University; Fort Valley State, Georgia; Xavier University in Louisiana; Spelman College in Atlanta and Morgan State in Baltimore.

In addition to Howard on Monday, schools received threats including Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida; Albany State University in Georgia; Bowie State University in Maryland and Delaware State University.

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating.

“The FBI is aware of the series of bomb threats around the country and we are working with our law enforcement partners to tackle all possible threats,” the FBI said in a statement to CBS News. “As always, we want members of the public to be reminded that if they observe anything suspicious, they will immediately report it to law enforcement.”

On Tuesday, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, announced that he had contacted the FBI and DHS to help HBCUs and their leaders get “the answers they deserve.”

“I have not lost sight of the fact that these threats are targeting African-American educational institutions at a time when we are observing Black History Month,” Thompson said Tuesday. “Moreover, these outbursts of threats against HBCUs put further strain on campuses and communities that were already under great stress because they were trying to operate safely during the pandemic. These bomb threats against HBCUs deserve a full investigation, especially given the dynamic landscape. for threatening terrorism “

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