Grambling responds after HBCU threats across the country

More historically black colleges and universities were targeted with bomb threats Tuesday morning, less than a day after multiple schools received similar warnings, leading Grambling State University and others to take precautions.

Morgan State University in Maryland advised its Baltimore campus to “shelter in place” while police conducted a building-by-building search for explosives. Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia in Washington each declared an all-clear after police officials deemed them safe for business as usual. 

Tuesday’s alerts come a day after Howard, Maryland’s Bowie State University, and four other historically black colleges and universities around the country were targeted by similar calls, prompting shelter orders and a sweeping law enforcement response. All were found to be hoaxes and no explosives have been found at any school.

In a release Tuesday, Grambling State authorities reported “external entities” were performing safety sweeps of the campus. The GSU release noted, “In the past 30 days, multiple Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have experienced bomb threats, with the most recent occurrence happening today affecting 12 of our counterparts. While Grambling State University was not the target of either bomb threat instance, vigilance will persist from all entities to ensure campus safety.”

At least four of the nation’s other HBCUs were targeted by similar threats on Monday including Baton Rouge’s Southern University.

GSU has asked anyone who sees or hears anything suspicious to contact GSU Police at (318) 274-2222.

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