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Multiple historically black colleges face bomb threats, lockdowns and evacuations

The University of Utah and other colleges across the country received bomb threats

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A young man reads on Howard University’s campus.

With the Founders Library in the background, a young man reads on Howard University’s campus July 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Nationwide, American colleges and universities saw a 4% annual increase in international students this fall, according to survey results released Monday, Nov. 15, by the Institute of International Education

Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press

At least eight historically Black colleges and universities received bomb threats last week, just about a week ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

What’s happening: Multiple schools across the country reported bomb threats last week. The list of schools includes:

In Utah: The University of Utah police department said it investigated reports of a bomb threat at the Black Cultural Center.

  • “This threat against our Black Cultural Center comes only a week after recent bomb scares targeted eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country,” the university said in a tweet.
  • “The University of Utah is not a haven for this kind of hateful and biased thinking and attacks, and university leaders have committed to completing a thorough review with actionable steps to be implemented during the spring semester.”

Why it matters: The number of bomb threats has dropped across the nation in recent years, according to The Washington Post. This makes the amount of threats against HBCUs troubling.

  • “It was not immediately clear whether the threats were connected or whether they were racially motivated,” The Washington Post reports.