On Tuesday, the first day of Black History Month, more than a dozen historically Black colleges and universities received bomb threats, including three of Central Arkansas’s historically Black colleges: Philander Smith College and Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock and Shorter College in North Little Rock.

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Philander Smith College issued a lockdown for residential students yesterday morning and was able to resume in person instruction at noon.

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From KTHV’s report yesterday:

“According to a Little Rock Police Department report generated Tuesday morning, a suspect called 911 and told communications he was a “neo-nazi and set C-4 charges at Philander Smith College, another college nearby presumed to be Arkansas Baptist College, and a vehicle bomb in a white van at Shorter College in North Little Rock.”

A report from Axios on Tuesday said the threats to HBCUs were the second this week and third in the past month.

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the bomb threats at a press briefing on Tuesday.

“Obviously, right now, our focus is on ensuring we are working in close coordination with our law enforcement authorities and ensuring that the leaders of these institutions and the students know that we are watching closely and that we are standing with them as they face these threats,” Psaki said.

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