NC HBCU Elizabeth City State is investigating the threat of an explosion on campus



Elizabeth City State University is a historically black university in the northeastern corner of North Carolina.

Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City University is evacuating the campus after Friday received an explosion threat, making it the last historically black campus in North Carolina to be the target of a recent threat queue at HBCU across the country.

The university has issued a warning that students and staff should leave campus immediately and stay away from the area.

Students without cars were invited to meet at Roebuck Stadium for transportation. Students with cars were told to appear immediately at KFOR South Park.

The threat comes after FBI investigations into blast threats Fayetteville State University, NC Central University in DurhamWinston-Salem University and North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro have reported over the past few weeks.

UNC President Peter Hans addressed recent threats against UNC institutions at a board meeting on Thursday, calling them “anonymous threats of violence designed to intimidate and divide us.”

“Throughout history, black Americans have all too often faced violence and intimidation for daring to learn and learn,” Hans said. “The recent fears of explosions are a reminder of that painful past and of the obstacles that too many of our students still face on their way to higher education.”

State Sen. Gladys Robinson, a Democrat from Greensboro, and MP Kelly Alexander, a Democrat from Charlotte and president of the Black Caucasus Legislature, made a statement earlier this week about recent blast threats during Black History Month.

“These growing threats against historically black colleges and universities in North Carolina and across the country need to be condemned and taken seriously,” Robinson and Alexander said. “We welcome the FBI’s active involvement in investigating these threats. The perpetrators must be brought to justice and brought to justice. “

ECSU is working with local law enforcement to respond to the situation.

This story will be updated.

This story was originally published February 25, 2022 10:35.

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NC HBCU Elizabeth City State is investigating the threat of an explosion on campus

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