Quite a number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities have had to postpone or ultimately shut down classes and operations as a result of bomb threats today, the first day of Black History Month. About 13 HBCUs reported bomb threats on Tuesday 1st February 2022 though Howard University got bomb threats yesterday, Monday 31st January 2022. Here is a list of a few HBCUs that were threatened on Tuesday:
Jackson State University
Jackson State University located in Mississippi is one of the largest HBCUs in the United States.
“Jackson State University received a bomb threat this morning at 4:15 a.m.,” the university in Mississippi tweeted Tuesday.
“The Jackson Police Department and JSU Department of Public Safety have swept the campus and found the threat unconfirmed. However, an all-clear has been issued.”
Calvert White, a 22-year-old studying social science and education, lives in an apartment 10 minutes from campus.
“I’m uneasy. HBCUs have a long history of physical threats just because of our existence. I think that the threats aren’t individual or coincidental – that it’s a clear attack on Black students who choose to go to Black schools.” The Jackson State junior said.
Mississippi Valley State University
The university stated that it received a bomb threat through its guardhouse early this Tuesday morning.
“MVSU is currently on lockdown, and campus police are conducting a complete investigation,” a university Facebook post reads.
“School officials are working with local emergency personnel to investigate and determine the extent of the threat.”
Classes will be remote Tuesday, and the university is asking all on-campus students to stay in their residence halls. Only essential staff will be allowed on campus, MVSU said.
University of the District of Columbia
A bomb threat was made on the Van Ness campus at about 3:20 a.m. Tuesday, the university said.
Authorities investigated and issued an “all clear” later Tuesday morning, the University of DC tweeted.
However, the campus is now open.
Edward Waters University
“Effective immediately, all in-person activities, classes and operations including all meetings and athletic practices are canceled until further notice,” the university in Jacksonville, Florida, tweeted early Tuesday morning.
“The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been notified and is on campus investigating this matter. Please stay tuned to the EWU website, email, and social media accounts for more information as it becomes available.”
The CNN affiliate WGCL reported that this college in Atlanta got a bomb threat overnight.
Atlanta police responded to Spelman around 3 a.m. Tuesday and an investigation were conducted, the WGCL reported. Atlanta police have since turned the case back over to campus police.
Other HBCUs that were reported to have received bomb threats include Howard University, Alcorn State University, Tougaloo College, Xavier University, Kentucky State University, Fort Valley State University, and Morgan State University.
The culprit behind the HBCUs bomb threats is yet to be clear to the media as well as the colleges. However, schools have either decided to operate virtually or completely shut down classes in order to remain safe.
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