HBCU schools across US on high alert as bomb threats pour in at colleges for SECOND time this monthFebruary 1, 2022
AT LEAST six universities were on high alert on Monday morning after bomb threats poured into historically black schools for the second time this month.
Southern University, Howard University, Bowie State University, Bethune Cookman University, Delaware State University, and Albany State University – all HBCUs – reportedly received bomb threats and lockdown warnings were issued just after 7am.
A threat was also reportedly made against private evangelical school Judson University.
It comes just weeks after at least nine historically black colleges and universities received bomb threats that forced evacuations and lockdowns on January 5.
Classes in Southern Univerity in Louisiana were canceled on Monday morning and students were told to remain in their dorm rooms.
"Southern University and A&M College received a bomb threat this morning, Monday, January 31, 2022," a school statement said.
"The BR Land Mass has been placed in lockdown status.
"Classes have been canceled and students are to remain in their dorm rooms until an all-clear is issued," the school, which has 6,489 students, added.
"University operations will be suspended until further notice and campus entry will be limited at this time."
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It later confirmed that classes will be held virtually as students were warned to go to the University Law Center.
The incident in Howard in DC was being investigated by the Metropolitan police department after the bomb threat was made at about 4.35am.
It involved the area immediately surrounding the Mordecai Wyatt Administration Building, according to a statement from the 9,000-student school.
"Please avoid the area as police continue to investigate," it added.
Cops later confirmed the "scene has been cleared with no hazardous materials found."
And law enforcement is investigating the situation in Albany State after a "bomb threat to academic buildings," the Georgia school said.
"At this time, all campuses, classes, and university operations are canceled until further notice," it told its 6,500 students.
"Employees and commuter students should not report to campus at this time. Dining halls are closed.
"Further communications will be sent related to dining options."
'EXPLOSIVES IN BUILDING'
Bowie State University students were told to shelter in place due to an emergency on the Maryland campus on Monday morning.
The university confirmed that the college was temporarily closed at 7.30am.
“Bowie State University this morning received information from Prince George’s County Police of a bomb threat indicating that explosives had been placed in an academic building on the campus,” the university said.
Bomb technicians with the Prince George’s County Police Department, Maryland State Police, and Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office are currently searching the grounds for explosives.
Those that were already on the campus were advised to shelter in place.
Classes will be held virtually today, the university added.
The public university is based in Prince George's County, Maryland, and houses over 6,300 students.
The university has asked students to check their website for more updates.
"K9s will conduct sweeps of buildings and if discovered, mitigate any devices," the Maryland State Fire Marshal said of the threat.
"This is a reported bomb threat ONLY at this time."
COPS ON CAMPUS
Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, is also currently in lockdown due to a threat.
The threat was reportedly called in to the school, Click Orlando reports.
And Judson Univerity also confirmed a threat just before 9am.
"The Elgin Police notified Judson this morning of a non-specific threat to campus," it said.
"Judson staff are working with Elgin police. The situation currently does not pose a danger to the campus community.
"Elgin Police will remain on campus. All scheduled activities are continuing."
Howard University was among the schools targeted with threats on January 5.
There was nothing found on any of the campuses after the threats were called in.
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