Authorities give 'all clear' after Hampton University receives bomb threat

Posted at 10:37 AM, Feb 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-23 15:48:07-05

HAMPTON, Va - The Hampton Police Division and the FBI are investigating after a bomb threat made against Hampton University was found to be unsubstantiated.

According to a statement from the university, the school received a bomb threat at 8:46 a.m. and police were called at 8:57 a.m.

The Hampton University Police Department, in conjunction with local, state and federal agencies, swept the campus and issued an all-clear around noon.

"Hampton University is committed to keeping the campus community safe, informed and healthy," the university said in a statement. "The university takes any threats to the campus community's safety seriously and remains vigilant in maintaining the safety and protection of the Hampton University family."

Hampton University is one of many HBCUs that have received a bomb threat within the recent months.

Related: HBCUs deal with second day of bomb threats as Black History Month begins

Rep. Elaine Luria (VA-02), released the following statement in response to bomb threats:

“My thoughts are with the students, faculty, and staff at Hampton University as they endured a bomb threat today,” Rep. Luria said. “The recent threats made against Hampton University and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) during Black History Month are incredibly disturbing and warrant a thorough investigation. I’m grateful that the threat has been cleared, and I am working with my colleagues in Congress to condemn these threats of violence and ensure the safety and security of HBCUs across the country.”

The FBI released a statement Wednesday morning discussing the recent bomb threats targeting HBCUs, houses of worship and other faith-based and academic institutions. According to the FBI, a total of 57 institutions across the country were targeted through phone calls, emails, instant messages and anonymous online posts between January 4 and February 16.

"This investigation is of the highest priority for the Bureau and involves 31 FBI field offices that are actively working with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to identify those involved," the statement read. "The FBI is investigating these cases as racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism and hate crimes."

The FBI also said that at this time, no explosive devices have been found relating to the threats.

To read the FBI's full statement, click here.

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