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Report: Bomb Threat Made So Parents Wouldn't Know She Wasn't Graduating

The former Quinnipiac University student from Quincy was arrested, and the graduation ceremony started 90 minutes late.

Photo Credit: Hamden Police
Photo Credit: Hamden Police
By Barbara Heins

A Massachusetts woman allegedly phoned in two bomb threats just before a Quinnipiac University graduation ceremony on Sunday because she didn't tell her family she wasn't graduating from the Connecticut institution.

According to reports, Danielle Shea, 22, of Quincy, Mass., did not tell her family — who traveled to Hamden for the May 18 ceremony — that she had not been attending the school and wasn't going to graduate, even though her mother paid thousands of dollars she thought was for her daughter's education, according to an Associated Press report in tribtown.com.

Shea is accused of making two calls to the university's public safety department minutes before the 6 p.m. ceremony. According to today.com, Shea claimed there was a bomb in the library.

The threats delayed the commencement ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences for 90 minutes, according to a university spokesman.

Shea is being held on $20,000 bond on charges of first-degree threatening and falsely reporting an incident. She's scheduled to appear May 30 in Meriden Superior Court.
Iron Mike May 20, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Danielle, you can consider those bracelets a 'graduation present' from Connecticut. Imagine your're one of the kids Quinnipiac turned down for the class of 2014.
David Heafey May 20, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Very sad. Instead of having a conversation with her parents and family, she chose this route. I definitely find it strange that her mother was sending her thousands without knowing where it was going; the money I send for my daughter's education goes directly to the college.
John Doe May 20, 2014 at 11:09 AM
If she had actually GONE to college, she would have known this wouldn't work...LOL
Ken B. May 20, 2014 at 06:38 PM
Mom gets a "Darwin" as well for sending her all that money....Who was she writing the checks to ?

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