22-year-old Danielle Shea hadn’t bothered to attend Quinnipiac University for her senior year, but her mom had sent thousands of dollars in tuition money anyway. So when graduation rolled around, she did what anyone would do with family in town and no explanation about why you weren’t handed a diploma: she called in a bomb threat.
Several bomb threats.
Hamden police said Danielle Shea of Quincy, Mass., gave a detailed confession after being arrested at the indoor campus athletic arena, the TD Bank Sports Center, where the commencement for the university’s College of Arts and Sciences had been moved because of the threats. She was wearing a cap and gown she’d purchased.
Police said Shea didn’t attend the university this year, but her mother paid thousands of dollars she thought was for her daughter’s education. When graduation arrived, Shea panicked when relatives didn’t see her name on the graduation roster, they said.
According to police, Shea made two calls to the university’s public safety department. In the first, about 20 minutes before the start of the 6 p.m. graduation ceremony, she stated there was a ”bomb in the library,” said police. In the second call, about 20 minutes later, police said Shea warned ”Several bombs are on campus” and noted ”You haven’t cleared out graduation. That’s not a good idea.”
The commencement resumed on Sunday after a 90-minute delay, something Danielle’s hungover “peers” probably greatly appreciated. She has been charged with “first degree threatening and falsely reporting an incident;” her bond is set at $20,000. But hey, at least she got out of that awkward conversation with her parents, right?