Woman arraigned in QU graduation threat

Danielle Shea

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The woman accused of calling in a bomb threat to Quinnipiac University’s graduation is in court today.

According to police, just before the ceremony, 22-year-old Danielle Shea, who didn’t even go there, called in two threats to university police.

QU graduation Hamden police say around 5:38 PM, they got a call about a bomb threat in the library where around 5,000 people were sitting and waiting for graduation to start.

Seventeen minutes later, another phone call came in from a female caller that said, “several bombs are on campus. You haven’t cleared out graduation and that is not a good idea.”

Hamden police traced the calls and found Shea in full cap and gown at the TD Bank Sports Center.

She told police she’d dropped out of school this year, but never told her family.

Bradley O'Conner/ WTNH
Bradley O’Conner/ WTNH

Her mom continued to shell out thousands of dollars thinking the money was for her daughter’s education. Police say Shea panicked when her family noticed her name wasn’t on the graduation roster.

Shea is charged with first degree threatening and falsely reporting an incident.

She’s being held on $20,000 bond and is due in court at the end of the month.

As for graduation, 388 students received their diplomas after a 90-minute delay. Commencement had been moved because of threats.

“I did recommend to the University that the ceremony either be canceled or moved. And I’m glad they made the decision they made, it was obviously the responsible decision. Although this is a huge day for graduates and their families, life safety has to prevail upon any decision that’s made,” said Thomas Wydra, Hamden Police Chief.

News 8’s Erin Logan was at Meriden Superior Court.

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