Pitt Hit With 57 Bomb Threats in 2 Months
University implements stringent security measures in response
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 11, 2012 1:08 PM CDT
Students and faculty line up with visitors to get through a security checkpoint to enter the Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus, April 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Newser) – Visit the University of Pittsburgh today, and you're going to spend a lot of time standing in lines. The school has implemented new regulations requiring every student and staff member to both show ID and have their bags searched before entering any campus building, the New York Times reports. Why? Because Pitt has gotten 57 bomb threats since Feb. 13, including 12 on Monday alone, according to a university spokesman.

So far nothing has actually blown up, but the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force has joined the investigation. Some threats have been scrawled on campus walls, others emailed to local news media, but whenever one is found, students are evacuated and bomb squads summoned. The routine has driven some students to skip class or move off campus. "I think that we started off thinking it was a joke,” one said. “Now, at this point—I won’t lie—I got a little bit scared."

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ski99
Apr 11, 2012 3:00 PM CDT
... but we can't require photo id for one of the most important privileges in the country - voting.
cheni99a
Apr 11, 2012 2:26 PM CDT
I think it's important to note that while we have rec'd 57 threats in 2 months, 56 of those have been in the past month, and about 40 in the past week alone. There was a month gap between threat 1 and 2 and many think they're unrelated.
drlarrymitchell
Apr 11, 2012 1:20 PM CDT
Couldn't happen to a nicer group of pederast protectors.