Police: Woman Called in Bomb Threats Because She Wasn't Graduating

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Sunday's graduation ceremony at Quinnipiac University's School of Arts and Sciences was delayed because of two bomb threats called in hours before it was supposed to start.

According to CBS Affiliate WFSB, Hamden police went to the Quinnipiac University library for the reported threats. They evacuated about 5,000 people from the area.

Police told Eyewitness News that the first call was made to Quinnipiac's Public Safety Department at 5:45 p.m; the second call was about 15 minutes later. The caller said there was a "bomb in the library." The caller told police that "several bombs are on campus. You haven't cleared out graduation. That's not a good idea." The caller said there were no devices, police. Nothing was found on the property after a thorough search was done, according to police.

Hamden police and Quinnipiac University Public Safety tracked down the suspect via the telephone number. According to school records, the number was a former student, Danielle Shea, 22, of Quincy, Mass.

Shortly after, Hamden police found Shea inside the TD Bank Sports Complex. She was dressed in a cap and gown. After investigating, police arrested Shea.

While interviewing her about the crime, investigators said Shea gave a detailed confession and police learned that she did not attend Quinnipiac this year. Shea's mother paid her thousands of dollars this year for what she thought was going toward her daughter's education.

When graduation day arrived, Shea had already bought her cap and gown and panicked when her relatives did not see her name on the graduation roster, according to police.

John Morgan, spokesman for the university, told WFSB that the graduation was moved to the York campus for 7:30 p.m. The original time for the graduation was 6 p.m.


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