PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (7News) — A shelter in place has been issued for students and staff at Bowie State University due to a bomb threat Monday.
CNN is reporting that at least six Historically Black Colleges and Universities have received bomb threats launching police investigations. The schools that received threats Monday include Bowie State, Howard University, Southern University and A&M, Bethune-Cookman University, Albany State Universityand Delaware State University, according to campus spokespeople or social media posts. Later Monday morning, Judson University, an Evangelical Christian university in Elgin, Illinois, announced its closure due to a bomb threat.
According to Bowie State officials, Prince George’s County Police was made aware of a bomb threat to the school that indicated that explosives had been placed in an academic building on the campus.
The school tweeted the announcement around 7:30 a.m. and said the campus has been temporarily closed.
Because of the threat, all classes will be virtual.
University officials released the following statement on the incident:
“Bowie State University this morning received information from Prince George’s County Police of a bomb threat indicating that explosives had been placed in academic building on the campus. All threats of this nature are taken seriously and fully investigated. The campus has been closed for the day with classes and university offices operating virtually. All campus residents have been advised to shelter in place. Bomb experts from Prince George’s County Police and Maryland State Police are on the campus to investigate the threat. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”
CNN says this is the second time this month that multiple HBCUs received bomb threats — On Jan. 5, at least three HBCUs, including Howard University, received a bomb threat.