Update: As of right now, there isn’t any reports from local news outlets about the bomb threat at Jarvis Christian College, which is said to have been reported to campus police on May 16th. The tweet below is the only acknolwedgement of the threat. We will continue to keep you updated.
There was a bomb threat at Jarvis Christian College today. Another HBCU.
— Jade Jackson (@IAMJADEJACKSON) May 15, 2023
A new rash of bomb threats have been reported at four HBCUs around the nation. Just this week bomb threats were reported at Prairie View A&M, Jackson State, Florida A&M and St. Phillips College. This follows the 50 HBCU bomb threats sent to HBCUs in 2022, in which the FBI identified and prosecuted an unnamed juvenile linked to several of them.
The first reported bomb threat was at St. Phillips College MLK Campus in Alamo, Texas. St. Phillips College is a historically black community college that enrolls 11,000+ students. My San Antonio reports that campus police evacuated students from the institution around 1:30 PM CST on Monday, March 15th. An all-clear was given at 3 PM. On Tuesday at 1 PM CST, as reported by KAGS, Prairie View A&M received a bomb threat. University officials evacuated campus and the staff was instructed to continue remote work for the duration of the day and in-office work would return on Wednesday. The University issued an all-clear via Twitter at 3:54 PM CST.
The University Police Department has issued an all-clear. Campus personnel should continue remote work through the rest of today, and return to campus at their normally scheduled time tomorrow,Wednesday, May 17.
— Prairie View A&M (@PVAMU) May 16, 2023
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Jackson State also received a bomb threat on Tuesday, in which the Mississippi-based HBCU evacuated campus and transitioned to virtual work. Jackson State officials, after investigation by the Jackson Police Bomb Squad and the Jackson Fire department, issued an all-clear at 3:23 PM.
The JSU Department of Public Safety in partnership with the Jackson Police Department Bomb Squad, and Jackson Fire Department responded to a bomb threat made to campus earlier today. pic.twitter.com/oHrcZZ3mfS
— Jackson State U. (@JacksonStateU) May 16, 2023
Today, FAMU also received a bomb threat causing a evacuation from campus. A FAMU alert went out about a bomb threat received via telephone at 12:46 PM EST. After a search by the FAMU Police Department and Tallahassee Police Department, an all-clear was issued by the University at 3 PM. So far, no motive or further investigation into possible suspects has occurred for either of the four threats to HBCU campuses this week. It also hasn’t been reported if the FBI and other federal agencies have been notified of these threats and are investigating.
We will continue to keep you notified of any updates.
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