A 22-year-old woman has reportedly confessed to making multiple bomb threats to try and cancel Quinnipiac University's commencement last weekend, because she didn't want her family to know she had blown all their money and wasn't graduating.
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 Sunday evening after a 90-minute delay for the bomb threats. Shea has been charged with "first degree threatening and falsely reporting an incident" and held on a $20,000 bond, which Sallie Mae will surely be happy to help out with.
[Photo credits: Hamden Police/Quinnipiac.edu]