Bomb threats were reported at least nine historically Black colleges and universities on Tuesday, prompting widespread evacuations of students and campus employees.
Spelman, The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Florida Memorial University, Howard University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University, Prairie View A&M University in Texas and Xavier University of Louisiana all received bomb threats.
Most of the schools shared on their respective social media accounts that after investigations from their local law enforcement, clearances were issued for people’s return.
“NSU Police Dept. completed investigation of a bomb threat received Tuesday evening and issued an ‘All Clear,'” Norfolk State University wrote on Twitter. “Students have been secured in a hotel and dorms remain closed until 8 AM Wednesday. NSU Police and authorities secured campus.”
NSU Police Dept. completed investigation of a bomb threat received Tuesday evening and issued an “All Clear.” Students have been secured in a hotel and dorms remain closed until 8 AM Wednesday. NSU Police and authorities secured campus. For emergencies, call NSU at 757-823-9000. pic.twitter.com/Przq4fOzA0— Norfolk State University (@Norfolkstate) January 5, 2022
“All clear. Howard’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) and MPD responded to a potential bomb threat on campus this afternoon,” Howard University shared. “The perimeter was secured and searched. No active devices were found and the area has been cleared.”
Spelman College, the top-ranked HBCU in the nation, reported that its campus also received a bomb threat.
“On Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, the Department of Public Safety at Spelman College and the Atlanta Police Department (APD) responded to a potential bomb threat in the Manley College Center that was reported to APD,” the college said in a statement posted on Instagram. “After a thorough search by both APD and Spelman Public Safety, no devices were found and the building was secured. The Atlanta Police Department is continuing an active investigation.”
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