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Woman makes graduation bomb threat to hide drop-out

Woman Makes Graduation Bomb Threat To Hide Drop-Out: Police

A 22-year-old woman is now in big trouble after calling in two bomb threats to Quinnipiac University. And the reason why Danielle Shea says she did it is equally as bizarre.

​WFSB reports "Police found Shea inside the TD Banks Sports Center with the other graduates. They say she was even wearing a cap and gown, but was never going to graduate. When pressed, police said Shea told them her mother paid her thousands of dollars this year."

Those thousands were meant for her education, but WTIC reports it turns out she didn't attend college this year. Police say Shea panicked and called in the threats, hoping the ceremony would be canceled so her family wouldn't find out she wasn't graduating.

"She placed two calls warning of bombs on campus that forced the school to move graduation and the more than 5,000 people who were attending a mile away to the TD Banks Sports Center."

Police were able to trace the calls back to Shea's cell phone.

The Hartford Courant reports the first bomb threat was called into the library, and while authorities were searching, a second call came in saying there were several bombs on campus and not clearing out graduation wasn't a "good idea."

Police haven't revealed how they found Shea inside the arena. She has now been charged with falsely reporting an incident and threatening in the first degree.

WTNH points out "Shea confessed after being arrested. ... She's being held on a $20,000 bond and will appear in court later this month."

The ceremony did eventually start, and rightful graduates got their diplomas. Now, Shea is in trouble with the authorities, and arguably worse, her mom.

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billcdaly May 19 2014 at 6:39 PM

Mommy and Daddy will probably pay the bail and continue to tell their daughter she is special and of course blame the daughters actions on someone else. Not my child's fault, it's your fault, my child is special.

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catatak58 billcdaly May 19 2014 at 8:06 PM

why are you putting down the parents - they had nothing to do with their daughter being a freakin loser

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Carolyn catatak58 May 20 2014 at 7:10 AM

They paid her way - that's why - College is a privilege not a right of young adulthood - If you are old enough to vote at 18 - why can't you start paying your own way or at least contributing to your college funds - She not only is a drop out - but she also stole all that tuition money from her parents - and now they are still bailing her out. That's why - They need to say NO!

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shrtlymo catatak58 May 20 2014 at 7:42 AM

they had everything to do with it. they brought her up, to be a liar and cheat.

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Joan billcdaly May 19 2014 at 11:11 PM

The parents did bail her out.

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RICH May 19 2014 at 10:46 AM

Perhaps if she attended classes she might have known better than to use her cell phone for a bomb scare. Stupid is as stupid does.

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Ceil May 19 2014 at 3:13 PM

She used her own phone to make the call? This chickie doesn't have enough brains to graduate from any college. LOL, does she not watch NCIS, CSI, etc.? For a whole year her parents never bothered checking up on her, either. Bet they trusted her and thought she was quite mature. Some parents never cease to amaze me.

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Mike May 19 2014 at 10:08 AM

Sorry, honey, but mom and dad used all your bail money on tuition.

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chasesea May 19 2014 at 2:31 PM

So, she didn't realize the calls would be traced back to her? Is she that stupid? So much for being educated..(sort of, since she wasn't graduating). Bozo.

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Escalonz May 19 2014 at 10:35 AM

The essence of stupidity and selfishness.............

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Mike May 19 2014 at 2:23 PM

You can't even fix stupid by buying a degree.

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debnaert May 19 2014 at 9:54 AM

Parents today have RAISED a huge batch of SOCIOPATHS. You will reap what you SOWED.

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happy2bgridfree debnaert May 19 2014 at 10:01 AM

Brilliant statement. One idiot does something stupid and ALL parents have raised children who are "sociopaths." I might point out that thousands of young people DID graduate successfully from college this year ..... ONE called in a bomb threat.

What accomplishments have YOUR kids achieved, debnaert? Jealous much?

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Mike happy2bgridfree May 19 2014 at 10:36 AM

I'd hardly call graduating from Quinnipiac University a success.

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happy2bgridfree debnaert May 19 2014 at 10:45 AM

So tell us the Ivy League school YOU graduated from, Mike. In this economy, any person who graduates from college, particularly if they worked their way through, is a SUCCESS.

What an assinine snob you are.

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Susan happy2bgridfree May 19 2014 at 1:13 PM

Don't be too hard on Mike. He still clutches his diploma from junior high school as his most recent educational accomplishment.

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Tim May 19 2014 at 3:15 PM

It amazes me that all of you deal with stress, and personal shame without even a sigh!

Have you ever, as an adult, been fired, failed a test, or gotten in ANY situation that humiliated you?

If this had happened when you were 22 you would be singing a different tune.
Her response is clearly knee jerk and illegal. Neither of those justify here actions.

The depression and anxiety her situation must have caused, could have resulted in a MUCH more tragic situation.

I hope that the law, and her family will take her overwhelming felling of shame into account and assist her in finding solace through counseling.

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TR by ML Neal... May 19 2014 at 1:57 PM

There are some really, really ignorant people posting here about this silly girl's graduation response where they try to make it political. These one-trick-pony responses to make EVERYTHING political is really, really silly, sad and old.

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