These bomb threats come months after ransomware attacks brought on-campus activity to a standstill at HU, Prairie View A&M and other universities. A million-dollar initiative has since been launched to help HBCUs upgrade their cybersecurity. 

This post was originally published on The Washington Informer

By Sam P. K. Collins

At least seven historically Black colleges and universities — including Howard University — received bomb threats Tuesday that triggered evacuations and interagency investigations. 

Authorities have not yet determined whether there are any connections between the threats. 

Howard officials released a statement detailing their response to the situation. 

“Howard’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) was made aware of a potential bomb threat by the Metropolitan Police Department,” the statement read. “The MPD dispatch center reportedly received a call from an anonymous individual who said two bombs had been placed in the Administration building on Howard’s campus. Upon arriving at the scene, DPS and MPD secured the perimeter, evacuated the building, and deployed canines. Both departments searched the area. No active devices were found, and the area was cleared.” 

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