Dropout Calls In Two Bomb Threats To Graduation So Parents Wouldn't Learn She Pocketed Tuition Money

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Quinnipiac University dropout told Hamden, Conn., police that she called in two bomb threats to the school’s graduation ceremony on Sunday because she was afraid her parents would notice her name wasn’t called.

Danielle Shea, 22, kept her parents in the dark about dropping out. Meanwhile her mother continued to send her thousands of dollars for tuition. Shea showed up to the event in a cap and gown, as if she intended to graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences.

But she allegedly called Quinnipiac’s public safety office to report a “bomb in the library” around 5:30 p.m and again 17 minutes later to say, “Several bombs are on campus. You haven’t cleared out graduation. That’s not a good idea.”

A search of the library turned up with nothing. Officials relocated the ceremony to TD Bank Sports Complex after the second call.

Police and Campus Public Safety identified the number that called in the threats as Shea’s, and she was found nearby a short time later in her cap and gown.

She was arrested on charges including threatening in the first degree and falsely reporting an incident and is being held in lieu of $20,000 bond.

Sources: New York Daily News, NBC Connecticut