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Quinnipiac University graduation bomb threat made by closeted dropout

Quinnipiac University Library
Quinnipiac University Library

Danielle Shea, a 22-year-old from Quincy, Massachusetts, was arrested on Sunday night after she admitted that she called in two bomb threats to Quinnipiac University before graduation ceremonies started, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Monday. Shea had previously dropped out of Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University but did not inform her family who was at the campus to see her graduate.

Shea reportedly made the bomb threats by phone sometime after she arrived at the graduation ceremony in a cap and gown with her mother. When her relatives noticed that her name wasn’t on the list of graduates, Shea is said to have panicked. That’s when she called in the bomb threats. She made one call to the university's library in hopes that the graduation would be cancelled. However, the graduation ceremony was only delayed. The university postponed the graduation ceremony for just 90 minutes and moved the festivities to a different campus of the university located about a mile away.

Shea called the school’s security twice about a bomb in an effort to get the graduation cancelled. In the first call, she said, “Bomb in the library.” Twenty minutes later, she called and said, “Several bombs are on campus. You haven’t cleared out graduation. That’s not a good idea.” As police responded to the Quinnipiac University library threat, some 5,000 people including the 388 graduates, evacuated the area and went to an indoor location for the graduation.

Shea was tracked down as the caller after police traced the phone number. The non-graduate was charged with threatening in the first degree and falsely reporting an incident. She has been detained at police headquarters on a $20,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on May 30.