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Texas Southern University is eligible for federal funding after nationwide bomb threats against historically black universities

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Over a third of historically black colleges have been targeted with violent bomb threats, according to the FBI.

Right here in Houston, the 36 affected HBCUs include Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M.

Texas Southern University police chief and former HPD officer Mary Young has taken on the role of liaison working with other HBCU police chiefs across the country.

Young said the last bomb threat on an HBCU campus was in Atlanta this Monday.

TSU received a similar bomb threat in January 2022.

“A threat to one HBCU is a threat to all HBCUs,” Young said.

Vice President Kamala Harris announced Wednesday that grants and resources would be given to historically black colleges and universities that have received intense bomb threats.

According to the White House, each affected university may receive $50,000 to $150,000.

Young said she plans to apply for the grant on behalf of TSU.

“I think it’s a combination of more staff and then equipment and supplies,” Young said. “Just being able to respond in any kind of emergency. Like I said, we’re geared up, but there’s nothing wrong with having more gear. We want to make sure that our students, faculty and staff feel safe when they come to work, to be able to study in some kind of security and to live easily without fear, on this campus to go.”

On Thursday, the FBI, the Department of Education and HBCU students testified in a hearing to see what more the federal government can do to help target campuses.

ABC13 reached out to Prairie View A&M University to see if the university plans to apply for federal funding.

ABC13 had not received a response as of Thursday afternoon.

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