Admin l Friday, November 18, 2022
WASHINGTON -The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says it has identified one juvenile believed to be responsible for a majority of the violent threats targeting historically Black colleges and universities.
The FBI said the Department of Justice has worked with state prosecutors to hold the minor accountable.
Since January 2022, more than 50 HBCUs, houses of worship, and other faith-based and academic institutions across the country have received racially motivated threats of violence, the FBI said.
“The investigation of these threats led to the identification of several minors believed to be responsible for the first set of threats made between January 4 and February 1, 2022. Further FBI investigation identified one juvenile believed to be responsible for these threats”, the agency said.
According to FBI, given the federal limitations for charging under-age perpetrators with federal crimes, the Department of Justice worked with state prosecutors to hold them accountable on charges unrelated to the specific threats to the HBCUs.
“This individual is under restrictions and monitoring of his online activities”, the FBI added.
“Because of the subject’s age, no additional information can be provided. The FBI is continuing to investigate additional unrelated threats that appear to have originated overseas:
“A distinct set of threats primarily targeting HBCUs received between February 8 and March 2, affecting at least 19 institutions.
“A distinct set of threats which began June 7 and are ongoing. More than 250 colleges—including seven HBCUs—over 100 high schools, and two junior high schools received bomb and/or active shooter threats”, FBI said.
The FBI is currently working with local, state, federal, and international law enforcement partners to pursue those responsible for these threats, and “we are asking anyone with information to report it to 1-800-CALL-FBI, or online at tips.fbi.gov”.
It added that hate-fueled and racist threats of violence cause the victims real distress, adding that the threats disrupt the learning environment and the education of college students, as well as other citizens.
“The FBI will not tolerate anyone trying to instill fear in any community, especially one that has experienced violence and threats of violence historically.
“The FBI will continue to vigorously pursue anyone responsible for these ongoing threats with help from our law enforcement partners at the federal, state, and local levels”, the FBI said.