Student Calls in Graduation Bomb Threat To Hide Being a Dropout

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:45 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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A former student who called in a bomb threat to her would-be graduation in order to hide her drop-out status was released on bail Monday.

At an arraignment Monday, Danielle Shea, 22, of Quincy, Massachusetts, admitted to calling in two bomb threats to Quinnipiac University's graduation ceremony, NBC reported.

Police said that Shea purchased a cap and gown for the ceremony, then panicked when her family didn't see her name on the graduation materials handed out.

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She called campus police from her cell phone saying there was a "bomb in the library."

Hamden police and campus safety searched the library and found nothing.

Shea called in again 17 minutes later from a blocked phone, insisting that the ceremony be cancelled. "Several bombs are on campus. You haven't cleared out graduation. That is not a good idea," she said over the phone.

University officials then decided to move the 338 graduates and a few thousand friends and family to another facility roughly a mile away. The move took about an hour and a half, and the ceremony recommenced.

Shea's phone was traced during that time, and she was handcuffed at the new venue in cap and gown.

Classmates told The Boston Globe they didn't understand why Shea dropped out last year. Her name had appeared on the dean's list previously, and she had no disciplinary issues.

Police later said that she dropped out due to financial reasons, and attempted to handle her situation without telling her parents, who had been sending her tuition money all along.

Shea is due back in court June 2.

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