Updated: Feb 24
Written by: Khalif Thompson
According to a law enforcement official, the FBI has identified six teenagers as people of interest in a series of bomb threats that targeted historically Black institutions and universities.
According to the agency, the threats are being investigated as racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism and hate crimes.
The statement came after a week in which at least 17 historically Black schools and universities received bomb threats, causing officials to cancel in-person classes and lock down facilities for the time being.
The FBI said its joint terrorist task teams were in charge of the investigation, which was "of the utmost importance" and involved more than 20 field offices around the country.
“A lot of us feel like this is political,” said Joyce Dihi, 19, a freshman at Spelman College in Atlanta, which received a threat on Tuesday, the first day of Black History Month.
NBC News reported earlier on Wednesday that six minors had been named as people of interest.
So yet, the police have not labeled any of the threats as credible. However, several colleges took safeguards, such as scouring campus facilities and switching to remote instruction.
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