Six minors are concerned with threats to historically black colleges

“Spelman is our sister school,” said Kyle Sloan, 19, a freshman at Morehouse. “This month was supposed to celebrate Black’s excellence, but this disrupts the whole flow. This feels like someone is threatening to take that thing from us.”

When the threats were made on January 5, many campuses were almost empty because of the winter break and the coronavirus pandemic, but the dormitories and administrative buildings were still cleared.

Robert Mueck, director of public safety at St. John’s, of Annapolis, Md., said he noticed an increase in bomb threats against schools last November.

“My assumption is that social media is making anonymous communication much easier,” Mr. Mueck said. “People can call these people in, make these threats and share who they will be targeting online.”

Cleveland University, Yale University, Ohio University and the University of Miami received bomb threats during the first week of November, Mr. Mueck said.

On November 7, Cornell, Brown and Columbia Universities also received bomb threats.

On November 11, New York University, Hebrew Union University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California received bomb threats.

Not much is known about the prevalence of school bomb threats. In 2018, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reported 529 bomb threats against schools, up 33% from two years earlier. Six minors are concerned with threats to historically black colleges

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