HBCUs Bomb Threats Second Wave and the Investigation Update

By Say~It~Loud!

February 04, 2022

On the very first day of BLACK HISTORY MONTH,  February 1st, 2022, at least 15 historically Black colleges and universities  HBCUs received bomb threats...again.  

HBCUs that received bomb threats on Feb 1st include, Delaware State University, Howard University, University of the District of Columbia, Morgan State University,  Coppin State University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State, Xavier University,  Edward Waters, Alcorn State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College, Spelman College, Jackson State University, and Tougaloo College.

So, here we are…. this is the second wave of bomb threats as the first occurred in early January 2022 and included, 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.

Click here to read about the first wave of HBCU bomb threats

According to NBC, Howard University, was one of the first to  issue a shelter-in-place order early Tuesday — just a day after HU and several other historically Black colleges and universities received similar threats.  Howard and some Universities have actually received a 3rd series of bomb threats.

The President of Howard, Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA, offered an eloquent and reassuring message…

“Dear Howard University Community,

In the early hours of this morning, our University received yet another bomb threat, the third in less than a month to be levied against us and several of our fellow historically Black colleges and universities. Our first and immediate response was, of course, to verify the credibility of the threat and ensure that no harm would befall our community. But our subsequent response, the one we make after the initial fear of danger has subsided, is equally significant.

As we mark the beginning of Black History Month, we must remember what the Black community has endured, overcome and achieved despite the threats against us and the hate we have received. Now is the time for us to embody the resilience and persistence of our ancestors..."

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., President, Howard University

Click here to read Dr. Fredericks full statement

  

Black Leaders pressure The Biden Administration

The BIden Administration has been under increasing pressure from the African American community to solve these crimes. theGrio's April Ryan reports that Black leaders are calling the recent series of bomb threats against several Historically Black College and University (HBCU) campuses “terrorism.” 

The matter is so alarming that civil rights lawyer and attorney for the family of Ahmaud Arbery, Lee Merritt, who is also a graduate of Morehouse College, told theGrio that he believes the Biden administration should form a task force to get to the bottom of the threats.

“The DOJ [Department of Justice], DHS [Department of Homeland Security] and US Attorney Generals office must form a task force specifically designed to identify the source of these ongoing bomb threats and bring the perpetrators to justice. We need action now,” Merritt told theGrio.

On the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) plans to engage with the Department of Justice on actions to be taken to address the threat of danger against HBCUs. 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told theGrio, “We take these threats incredibly seriously. Our Homeland Security adviser is in close touch with law enforcement authorities at a federal and local level, and we are assessing what we think the origin, the reasoning, the motivation behind it is.”

Click here to read the full article on theGrio by April Ryan

HBCU Bomb Threat Investigation Update

According to the New York Times, The F.B.I. has identified six juveniles as persons of interest in a series of bomb threats that targeted historically Black colleges and universities, a law enforcement official said on Wednesday. The bureau said it was investigating the threats as racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism and hate crimes. The F.B.I. said its joint terrorism task forces were leading the investigation, which was “of the highest priority” and involved more than 20 field offices across the country

The F.B.I. said its joint terrorism task forces were leading the investigation, which was “of the highest priority” and involved more than 20 field offices across the country

“Although at this time no explosive devices have been found at any of the locations, the F.B.I. takes all threats with the utmost seriousness and we are committed to thoroughly and aggressively investigating these threats,” the F.B.I. said in a statement.

Stay tuned...HBCUGo.TV will continue to monitor and update this story.