Quinnipiac University was supposed to have its graduation a few days ago when the campus went on lockdown. Danielle Shea, a student at Quinnipiac University, called in a bomb threat on the exact day and time of the graduation ceremony. When asked by police why she did so, she responded, “I don’t want my mother to know that I am ineligible to graduate.”
Both the prosecutor and public defender in the case have asked that Shea be released without bail. But instead, the judge ordered that Danielle Shea be held on $10,000 bail.
Judge Philip A. Scarpellino said he was troubled that Shea made two separate threats on Sunday for “very, very selfish, minimal reasons.”
She is accused of phoning bomb threats to Quinnipiac’s public safety department in an effort to cancel graduation so that her family wouldn’t discover she wasn’t graduating. The judge also said Shea accepted money from her mother to pay for tuition that remains unaccounted for.
Shea has been charged with first-degree threatening and falsely reporting an incident. She posted the $10,000 bail Monday and was ushered out of the courthouse by family members. The family made no comment to reporters gathered outside.