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Spelman, seven other HBCUs receive bomb threats on same day

Spelman College. Photo by Kelly Jordan

Spelman College. Photo by Kelly Jordan.

Historically Black Universities in eight states ordered lockdowns and evacuations to keep students, faculty and staff safe.

By Allison Joyner

This morning, Spelman College announced that the campus received a bomb threat on Jan. 4, they are the eighth historically Black institution to announce they received a threat on that day. 

Historic marker of Spelman College:

Historic marker of Spelman College: (Credit: National Alumnae Association of Spelman College.)

The school, located inside the Atlanta University Center, said in a statement that their Department of Public Safety and Atlanta Police Department (APD) responded to the potential threat inside the Manley College Center.

According to the Washington Post, Spelman makes one of eight  Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to be threatened. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Florida Memorial University, Howard University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University, Prairie View A&M University and Xavier University of Lousiana report bomb threats that day. 

“After a thorough search by both APD and Spelman Public Safety no devices were found and the building was secured,” the statement from Spelman read.




At the time of the threat, the university was mostly unoccupied. Due to the increased number of cases from the COVID-19 Omicron Variant Spelman started the Spring semester this week virtually and has delayed moving students returning to campus from the holiday break until later this month.

“Upon arrival,” the APD stated, “investigators checked the [Manley Center] and found no threats.”

Both Public Safety and APD are continuing to work on this active investigation. 




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