• 2 bomb threats at University of Pittsburgh; 9th in month


    PITTSBURGH - Two seperate bomb threats were reported Monday  on the University of Pittsburgh's campus.

    University officials sent an alert out to students about the threat around 3:30 p.m. about a threat made to David Lawrence Hall. About an hour after that buildling was cleared by police, officials said another threat was reported at the Cathedral of Learning.

    A total of nine threats have been reported at the university in less than a month. University officials are now offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the person or persons responsible for them.

    Pitt spokesman Robert Hill said the school is determined to bring the person or persons responsible to justice. Hill said there hasn't been a similar wave of threats since he came to the school in 1999.  

    Pitt student Erika Utter said she and other students are starting to worry.

    “My parents are starting to feel unsafe about me being here,” Utter said.

    “I personally have missed six classes in the last two weeks,” student Matt Rippon said. “I’m kind of curious as to whether or not they’re going to give us these classes back because I’m paying for an education and I’m not getting the full benefit of that education.”

    University police, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service said they have a "person of interest" in the investigation.  

    “We are committed to keeping our campus community safe and we’re committed to catching the responsible parties,” Vice Chancellor of Public Relations Robin Hill said.

    Anyone with information about the threats is urged to contact the University of Pittsburgh Police Department.

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