Pitt Hit With 57 Bomb Threats in 2 Months

University implements stringent security measures in response

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 11, 2012 1:08 PM CDT

(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."

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.
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)
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.
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)
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