A woman who was too scared to tell her family that she had dropped out of college was arrested for reporting two false bomb threats to stop Quinnipiac University's graduation ceremony yesterday.
According to the Hartford Courant, 22-year-old Daniel Shea of Quincy, Mass. made the first call around 5:45 p.m., saying "There is a bomb in the library." Roughly 17 minutes later, as police combed the library, a second call came, and the caller was bit more suggestive: "Several bombs are on campus. You haven't cleared out graduation. That's not a good idea."
She was arrested inside of the TD Bank Center wearing a cap and gown which she had purchased because she was truly committed to her lies. Police traced the calls back to her phone, and after learning that she was a former Quinnipiac student, everything made sense.
Shea told authorities that when her family was unable to find her name inside of the ceremony's program, she flew into a panic and decided staging the bomb threats would buy her time. She also told detectives that her mother had given her thousands of dollars over the course of the year for tuition, though she hadn't been in school since 2012.
In the end, the ceremony was delayed for about 90 minutes and Shea was charged with falsely reporting an incident and threatening.
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