Mississippi HBCUs report bomb threats made to their campuses
Jackson State, Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State universities and Tougaloo College all posted on social media they had received bomb threats today.
Other Historically Black Colleges and Universities started reporting that they had received bomb threats on Monday. Today is the start of Black History Month.
It’s also been less than a month after a series of bomb threats were made to multiple historically Black universities on Jan. 4.
A story published by The Associated Press said the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the reports.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the threats “are certainly disturbing and the White House is in touch with the interagency partners, including federal law enforcement leadership on this.”
Mississippi Valley State received a threat through its guardhouse early Tuesday morning and put the campus on lockdown while an investigation is conducted.
Tougaloo College cleared its campus after a threat was issued and advised students that the campus would operate virtually.
Jackson State reported that it received a bomb threat at 4:15 a.m. Jackson Police conducted a sweep of campus and said the threat was unsubstantiated and an all-clear was issued about 6 a.m., although officials said the campus would remain on high alert.
Alcorn State received a bomb threat and advised students about 6 a.m. to shelter in place. Faculty and staff were asked to not to report to work until further notice.