BALTIMORE (WJZ) – National concern is growing about several bomb threats made at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Morgan State and Coppin State Universities received threats Tuesday, prompting their campuses to close.
More than a dozen HBCUs around the country have been targeted, including Howard University in Washington, DC
“It’s ironic that when Black History Month came into effect, all of this started to fall into the ranks,” said Coppin State University student Jawaad Williams.
Morgan State University and Coppin State University received bomb threats Tuesday morning, just a day after six other HBCUs around the country also received threats.
WJZ was there Monday when investigators searched Bowie State University.
“I think it’s really sad that someone takes time out of the day to make bomb threats that affect so many people,” said David Rice, a graduate of Morgan Statue.
All classes have been moved online at both campuses, and on-campus students must stay on-site.
Morgan State University tweeted about the threat at around 6 a.m. The president of the school also sent a letter confirming that police were constructing each building to clear the threat.
Students told WJZ they were confused as to why this kept happening.
“I wanted to know what was the motive for these attacks and why HBCUs were specifically targeted,” said Jamaun Tatum, a student at Morgan State University.
The FBI, ATF and state and local authorities are investigating the cause of these threats, but have not yet identified a possible motive.
Students want these threats to stop because they are disrupting their learning.
“A lot has changed for schools over the past two and a half years,” Williams said. “So the fact it has to be changed more because the bomb threats are, sort of, unfair.
Following Monday’s bomb threats, the HBCU caucus said in a statement that it wanted authorities to find out who was responsible. They also said they will not let terrorism disrupt or undermine the academic excellence of HBCUs.
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