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College dropout calls in bomb threats to keep family from graduation


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College dropout calls in bomb threats to keep family from graduation

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED May 19, 2014

Danielle Shea, 22, called in two fake bomb threats to her former college, Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Mass,. prior to her would-be College of Arts and Sciences graduation ceremony.

Shea was in a cap and gown at the TD Bank Sportscenter, and her family was in the audience. However, she was not graduating because she had dropped out. Her mother, who was paying tuition, did not know.

"At first, Shea told police around 5:45 p.m. that there was a bomb in the library. Fifteen minutes later, she allegedly called again and told campus safety that there were 'several bombs' on campus," reports WFSB. "She said 'You haven't cleared out graduation, that's not a good idea.'"

"When her family showed up for the graduation and did not see her name in the program, police said that's when she panicked and phoned in the threats," further reports WFSB.About 5,000 guests in attendance were stalled an hour and a half until the facility was cleared following the threats.

"This person made very irresponsible decisions and a great disruption to those who deserve this ceremony without it," Chief Thomas Wydra of the Hamden Police Department tells WFSB.

Shea was arrested and charged with first degree threatening as well as falsely reporting an incident. Her bond was set at $10,000.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.