WASHINGTON – Howard University students, faculty and staff gathered on The Yard today in solidarity against recent bomb threats. In less that 48 hours, the University received two bomb threats, resulting in late night dormitory building evacuations.
The Office of University Communications, the Office of the Chapel and the Office of Student Affairs organized the event targeted towards uniting our community and facilitating a safe space of love and compassion. Students shared their thoughts on the recent threats while enjoying music, dancing, snacks and beverages provided by the University. The mood was triumphant as students and staff engaged in conversation reflecting on the day’s events.
“The threats are very unsettling, especially at the beginning of the school year, but we can’t let them intimidate us and ruin our experience with their hatred,” said second year law student Ben Baker.
“We require extra resources from all law enforcement agencies directed toward solving this ongoing threat and bringing those who perpetrate its negative effects to full justice under the law,” said Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick.
The coming together of the campus community sent a powerful message of resilience and reaffirmed the University’s commitment to the safety of its students. The University will continue to use its resources to ensure its community feels comfortable and protected on and around campus.