On the afternoon and evening of January 4, at least eight historically Black colleges and universities received bomb threats, forcing the educational institutions to institute lockdown, evacuations, and police sweeps of campus buildings and facilities. No bombs were found on any of the campuses.
The eight HBCUs that received bomb threats were Howard University in Washington, D.C., Norfolk State University in Virginia, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Florida Memorial University, North Carolina Central University, Xavier University in New Orleans, Spelman College in Atlanta, and Prairie View A&M University in Texas.
The campuses were sparsely populated as most students were still away for the winter break. Norfolk State University evacuated students who were on campus and put them in a hotel overnight.
Campus and local police as well as the FBI are participating in the investigation of the bomb threats.