At Least 13 HBCUs Receive Bomb Threats on First Day of Black History Month

In this July 6, 2021, file photo, an electronic signboard welcomes people to the Howard University campus in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

More than a dozen historically Black colleges and universities on Tuesday closed campus or cancelled classes due to bomb threats on the first day of Black History Month.

The big picture: It was the second day this week and third in the last month that several HBCUs received such threats. By Tuesday afternoon, the majority of the schools had been cleared and no bombs had been found.

  • The FBI said it was aware of the threats and was working with local law enforcement.

What’s happening: According to school officials or authorities, the campuses that received threats on Tuesday include…

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What they’re saying: “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,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.

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SOURCE: Axios, Erin Doherty

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