Authorities eyeing possible link between Texas Southern, Grambling State bomb threats
Law enforcement officials are investigating whether there is any connection between two bomb threats made Wednesday against Texas Southern University and Grambling State University, historically black colleges located about 300 miles apart, a Grambling State spokesman said.
Investigators had not found any link between the two threats as of Thursday morning, but state and local authorities from the two areas are reviewing the possibility, Grambling State spokesman Jovan Hackley said. Nobody was hurt following the threats, and no arrests have been made.
“Right now, it’s an active investigation, and we haven’t been able to connect anything between the two threats,” Hackley said.
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The Texas Southern campus was evacuated after the Houston Police Department’s 911 call center received a call at about 1:30 p.m. regarding a possible bomb. About 2,000 students, as well as faculty and staff, were told to leave facilities. Police allowed people to return to campus after about three hours.
Around the same time, at about 4 p.m., a phone call concerning a bomb threat toward Grambling State was received at the northern Louisiana campus. School officials canceled all evening classes and closed administrative offices.
Hackley said Grambling State officials contacted other historically black colleges and universities in the 10-member Southwestern Athletic Conference, which also includes Texas Southern. Officials also contacted the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, an accrediting agency for nearly 800 higher-education institutions, to verify whether any other schools received threats. None reported any issues.