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Student Calls in Bomb Threat to Stop Quinnipiac Graduation Ceremony

By Robert Christie- 19 May '14 18:52PM
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  • Danielle Shea of Quincy, Massachusetts
  • (Photo : REUTERS/Hamden Police Department/Handout via Reuters) Danielle Shea of Quincy, Massachusetts called in a bomb threat Sunday so her family members wouldn’t know she wasn’t graduating from Quinnipiac University, the Associated Press reports citing Hamden Police.

Well, that's one way to try to keep a secret.

Danielle Shea of Quincy, Massachusetts called in a bomb threat Sunday so her family members wouldn't know she wasn't graduating from Quinnipiac University, the Associated Press reports citing Hamden Police.

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Shea had not attended school for the past year and panicked when her relatives did not find her name on the list of students graduating, the authorities said. Even though Shea was not going to class her mother continued to pay thousands of dollars, convinced she was in school.

In an attempt to stop the graduation, Shea made two calls to report a bomb threat, according to police. She made the first 20 minutes prior to the start of the graduation (which was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.), stating there was a "bomb in the library." There were two earlier commencements at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The second call came 20 minutes later, in which Shea told police, "Several bombs are on campus." She also said, "You haven't cleared out graduation, that's not a good idea."

Shea was arrested at TD Bank Sports center - the indoor campus athletic arena where the College of Arts and Sciences commencement had been moved due to the threats. She was taken into custody in a cap and gown she had purchased.

The 22-year old Shea is being held on $20,000 bond. She is expected to appear in court on May 30.

The commencement was delayed 90 minutes because of the bomb threats. However, University Spokesman John Morgan said 388 students took part in the ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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