Danielle Shea, 22, of Quincy, Massachusetts, made the threats
after arriving at the graduation ceremony in a cap and gown with her
mother, who did not know she had dropped out. She "panicked" when
relatives noticed her name was not on the list of graduates, police
Shea called in two bomb threats to the Quinnipiac University library
so the graduation ceremony would be canceled, police said. Instead
the Sunday evening ceremony was delayed 90 minutes and moved a mile
(1.6 km) to a different campus of the university in the town of
Local police went to the library as an estimated 5,000 people,
including the 388 graduates, evacuated the area and quickly moved to
the indoor location, according to John Morgan, university spokesman.
"We cannot speculate what she was thinking," said Morgan. "But we
had to act quickly in the interest of safety."
Police said a female caller contacted school security twice on
Sunday, first saying, "Bomb in the library," and calling back 20
minutes later to say, "Several bombs are on campus. You haven't
cleared out graduation. That's not a good idea."
No explosive devices were found on the campus, said police, who they
tracked the caller down by tracing the phone number she called from.
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Shea was charged with threatening in the first degree and falsely
reporting an incident. She was detained at police headquarters on a
$20,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on May
Shea could not be reached for immediate comment.
(Editing by Scott Malone, Chris Reese and Richard Chang)
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