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Delaware State Univ. among HBCUs to receive bomb threats Monday

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Brad Glazier
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Delaware Public Media

Several Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including Delaware State University - received bomb threats Monday.

DSU sent a campus-wide notification shortly after 7 am indicating it had received a threat. It told students and staff not to come to campus and students on campus to remain in the residence halls.

The school added that DSU Police and Dover Police were investigating, and state and federal law enforcement were also notified.

The school made an all clear announcement after a campus-wide search found no explosives, reopening the campus around 12:50 Monday afternoon.

Howard, Southern, Albany State, Bowie State and Bethune-Cookman Universities also received bomb threats Monday, according to multiple news outlets and university statements.

It’s the second time this month HBCUs received bomb threats on the same day.

Back on January 5th, a group of schools, including Howard, received threats, but law enforcement found nothing.

DSU president Tony Allen called the threat "a clear effort to confuse, intimidate, and bully our students, staff, and faculty" in a letter to the university community Monday afternoon.

"The impetus for such a threat cannot be ascribed to anything other than the most primitive form of racism, a form which is neither new nor unique in this country," said Allen in his letter. "Motivated to lower our confidence, today’s bully does not understand that their perspective is antiquated and warped, that it serves less to achieve its aim than to lower their own fortunes, sinking them into the pathetic mire where human depravity dwells."

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for nearly three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.