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#1 6 years ago

Recently at my university there has been a series of bomb threats. As of today there have been 57 bomb threats to most of the buildings on the University of Pittsburgh's campus. Thankfully I graduated so I don't have to directly deal with what is happening.

At first it started with a bomb threat to the Cathedral of Learning, the best known building on Pitt's campus. Then it became a 2-3 times a week event. Now the university is getting multiple threats a day, and whoever is doing is targeting dorms late at night. Multiple dorms are getting evacuated at 2 and 4 am so the police can sweep them for bombs. Whoever is doing this is getting close to shutting down the university. Parents are getting worried, classes are getting canceled, and few people in the dorms are getting a good night's sleep.

Today the school implemented new security rules which do nothing to stop the bomb threats while severely inconvenience students. Non-pitt residents are not allowed to enter the dorms, backpack are prohibited, and university ID is required to enter any building on campus. They added a whole bunch of expensive security theater which only makes the people feel safe.

University of Pittsburgh tightens security after bomb threats - CNN.com

I feel the university should stop reporting the bomb threats to the media in addition to stopping evacuations. A sweep of the building with a bomb sniffing dog would suffice. Whoever is calling these threats in is getting off on the media attention that they are getting. If you take away the media attention there will be little incentive for the person responsible to call in threats.

In a related note; some of the students have grown a pair of balls. They are refusing to evacuate the buildings. I applaud these students, and hope they put some sense into the university.




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#2 6 years ago
in addition to stopping evacuations

If they're getting 2-3 bomb threats a day, this might be what the attacker is trying to achieve. Eventually people are going to get sick of false alarms. What if, one day, there really is a bomb?

Not saying this is the ploy here, but clearly there's a serious motive behind this. I highly doubt it could be a prank, but calling in 3 bomb threats a day has accomplishes nothing unless whoever is doing this has the means and will to carry out the threat. Otherwise he's just wasting everybody's time for not much gain.

If his intention is to cause as much injury and harm as possible then he'll keep going until the students and even faculty decide "Sod it, we'll stay inside" - and then it'll be a much worse situation.

Of course not telling anybody about the bomb has the same effect so, it's hard to figure out why they'd take this approach, but either way, I personally feel it's important to take every single threat seriously until proved otherwise. You never know when they might actually follow through.

All in all: when they say evacuate, evacuate.


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#3 6 years ago
What if, one day, there really is a bomb?

Why call in a bomb threat in the first place if you want to kill the most people possible? All the perpetrators have done is heighten the university's guard. When I was there security was very lax everywhere expect the dorms. A backpack sized bomb in one of the large lecture halls could have easily killed 50-60 people. Anyone who wanted to do it could have done it. After this string of threats it is not going to be possible to do that kind of damage.

All in all: when they say evacuate, evacuate.

If someone wanted to they could easily do a bombing or shooting after an evacuation. You would need a truck sized bomb to bring down any of the buildings on Pitt's campus. I feel safer staying in a threatened building than going outside.




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#4 6 years ago

That's a lot of threats for the university to deal with, I can see why it would be very problematic with the disruption it is causing to classes, especially since it would make parents concerned about it. BTW, the comments on the CNN article are quite amusing, always can get a laugh from comments put on news sites. I hope it's just that, some guy trying to prank and see how much of a scare he can cause, and the university overreacting.

BTW, If these classes are getting cancelled due to these evacuations and scares, how are they handling tuition?




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#5 6 years ago

I would imagine it's another institution, someone with a grudge against the institution, someone with a fair bit of free time doing it for teh lulz, a student who thinks they'll fail something and is doing it to fail everyone else....

Lots of possible motives that don't involve killing anyone.




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#6 6 years ago

There's a reddit (lol) post about this as well as a link to a rather disturbing website.

IS THE 'PITT' ADMINISTRATION SURPRISED???? : Pitt




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#7 6 years ago

It's Sandusky.




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#8 6 years ago

The thing is, there's no profit in the institution for not over-reacting to this sort of stuff. If you under react and something happens, then you get blamed massively. But if you over-react and nothing happens, very few people complain in any significant way....

It's almost like a real-world DOS attack....