Howard University targeted by another bomb threat


Howard University on Monday was targeted by another bomb threat, with the school issuing a shelter-in-place order for its campus in the morning.

“A shelter-in-place order has been issued following a bomb threat against the main campus. Campus perimeter is being swept by municipal and federal law enforcement officials,” the Howard University Department of Public Safety tweeted.

Around noon, roughly two hours after the shelter-in-place order was issued, the Howard University Twitter account announced that authorities had issued an “ALL CLEAR” in the investigation into the bomb threat.

“We appreciate the patience of our entire university community as we again are confronted with the inconvenience and anxiety of a threat like this,” the school’s department of public safety tweeted after the all-clear was given.

The latest threat came less than a month after numerous historically Black colleges and universities across the U.S., including Howard, were targeted by bomb threats.

Bowie State University, Southern University, Bethune-Cookman University, Albany State University, Howard University and Delaware State University all reported receiving bomb threats on Jan. 31. Just a few weeks prior to the spate of threats, Howard had received another bomb threat in January along with other HBCUs.

No bombs were discovered in any of the incidents.

Shortly after a bomb threat in early February, the Howard University Board of Trustees released a statement saying, “There is no place for the invocation of fear or threats of violence within and beyond the walls of our campus. Let us rededicate ourselves to creating a culture of civility at Howard University and coming together as a community to banish hate from our midst and from the world around us.”

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