College Drop-Out Fakes Bomb Threat And Learns Important Lesson

Two wrongs never make a right. College dropout who pocketed tuition from mom fakes bomb threat to cancel graduation

Danielle Shea

You will feel stunned, sad and somewhat confused as you acquaint yourself with the tale of Massachusetts’ Danielle Shea.

She is a 22-year-old girl who clandestinely dropped out of her university, decided not to tell her family, and continued taking tuition fees from her clueless mother. It was a pleasant arrangement for Danielle, that is, until graduation time came. That’s when the panic began. Danielle reckoned desperate times call for desperate measures and played her cards accordingly.


She sent bomb threats to Quinnipiac University , hoping to cancel its graduation ceremony altogether.

If graduation got cancelled, it would prevent her mother from learning that she had dropped out and squandered college money worth thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out quite the way she envisioned.

Shea called the university’s public safety office to report that there was a “bomb in the library” at about 5:38 pm.

Then 17 minutes later, she called again, saying “Several bombs are on campus. You haven’t cleared out graduation. That’s not a good idea.”  After the last bomb threat, the graduation ceremony was relocated to the TD Bank Sports Arena at the school’s York Hill Campus.

In the meantime, the police traced the number making the bomb threats nack to Shea’s cell phone. She was taken into custody this Sunday.

By now the baffled officials wondered what could have prompted such extreme behavior. She came clean to the investigators. Her mother had paid thousands of dollars toward what she believed was education, but Shea had instead dropped out of school and continued accepting the money.

“Then mother didn’t see her name on the graduation roster and she panicked and called in a couple of bomb threats,” said Capt. Ronald Smith, of Hamden police.

She was charged with first-degree threatening and falsely reporting an incident.

It’s one of those times when you can’t help but feel sorry. There’s no denying that she’s in the wrong and there’s no condoning this bizarre conduct. Her lies, like most, caught up with her eventually, and had a domino effect. Her story unraveled like a ball of yarn and now her mother, along with the rest of the world, know exactly what happened.