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What Do You Think of the Pitt Bomb Threats?

What do you think this unprecedented situation is doing to Pitt’s reputation nationally and with prospective students?

The bomb threats at the University of Pittsburgh are continuing at a feverish pace, which makes us wonder how are students, teachers and other workers coping with the scary situation?

There have been threats nearly every day for the past week, piled on numerous other false alarms that began in mid-February. They continued over the weekend and are now targeting multiple buildings.

Are you a student from this area who is attending Pitt? Are you a or Brashear High School student who is student considering studying there? Do you know someone who works or teaches on campus and has been affected by the disturbing situation?

Tell us how you feel about the situation ...

  • How are the lives of people living in Oakland being affected?
  • What is this unprecedented situation doing to Pitt’s national reputation?
  • How will this affect luring prospective students to the school?
  • Are these constant false threats creating a reckless attitude to the evacuations?
  • What would you like to say to the person or people committing these crimes?

If you’d like to share your experiences and what you think of the situation, please contact me at 412-354-8729, or e-mail me at erin.faulk@patch.com.

Or you can share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Joyce April 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM
I think this is a horrendous situation. I also think that some one or more than one person have taken this and run with it. I am amazed that no one seems to be able to figure out who is doing this and I think it's a sign of our times that people do this kind of thing and think it's a big joke. I can't imagine how stressed and and awful the people that attend the university and live in the area are feeling. This is a very bad situation and reflects badly on our area and on the school etc.
dm April 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM
I think it is very sad for everyone especially the seniors. The person (s) are just that arrogant to think they are going to get away with it. Oh, they will catch him/her and they should be put away for a vey long time. Unfortunately it will not be the last thing that we will be in disbelief of. Some other wack a do will do something right behind this one. Stay strong Pitt!
Erin Faulk April 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Joyce, I agree with you. This is happening so frequently, it's hard to imagine that only one person is behind it at this point. I know many people who work or are students at Pitt and it's upsetting for them, but the feeling seems to be changing from upset to simply annoyed. Like dm said, it's arrogant—and really just rude, at this point—for someone to be so disruptive to so many people. Do either of you know people who attend or work at Pitt? How about the surrounding colleges? What are their feelings?
Alison K April 10, 2012 at 12:54 PM
A friend of mine is a professor at Pitt and these threats are very upsetting. He posted something on Facebook the other day about how he had a full lecture (56 out of 60 something students in attendance) and they had a really good discussion going about whatever they were studying at that point and then the fire alarms went off for a bomb threat and everyone had to leave. It's disappointing. I know people who work in Oakland that are annoyed with the threats, but also scared to go to work. What if one day the threat becomes real? What is the motive behind these threats? People have said that with the anniversary of the VA Tech shootings around the corner, they are worried that a copycat is behind the threats. Apparently, they said in the weeks prior to the VA Tech shootings, the shooter called bomb threats into the school to get an idea of their evacuation plan. The bottom line is, it's scary. In this day and age, you have to take each one seriously because you never know.
Ed (Parent) April 10, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Ed (Parent) I believe once this individual or individuals are caught there should be a class action law suit by the parents and students against these individuals to compensate for the monetary loses by not being able to attend class or stay in the dorms during these bomb threats. Plus monetary compensation for stress and anxiety. Tuition and room/board are not cheap at Pitt.
Gary April 11, 2012 at 12:48 AM
It's hard to believe that they cannot track down the threats. but like some have said there may be copycats involved now or in the future. The only thing I can think of doing about it, is to announce some sort of exrtreme punishment if a person is caught. They might not fear jail, but a public flogging might worry them a bit. Maybe even a good old fashioned hanging ;-)
Ed M April 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I hope this is nothing more than stupid people playing stupid pranks.
Erin Faulk April 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Same here, Ed M.
dormonter April 11, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I think Pitt is being awfully cheap offering only $50,000 reward. Seriously, that's only the tuition of about 2 students per year. They have an endowment of over a billion dollars, why won't they pony up a million or two?
Ed April 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM
There has been a lot of controversy to proposed cuts by governor Corbett towards higher education. Perhaps someone is trying to make a statement *its interesting to note that constant threats started the SAME day of this release http://pittnews.com/newsstory/pitt-officials-say-university-could-drop-state-related-status/
Gary April 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I got one better! I think that when some type of terrorist acts are committed (think Columbine), that the families should be held fully responsible. When you hear about some nut shooting up a place (no matter their age), you know that there had to be signs. I think we should go after the family of the actor or actors for a couple of reasons. First, because they didn't seek help or report potential dangers in the first place. Second, it seems that the young ones get access to guns or more from the families. And third, because it's often the case these people don't care about their own life after committing these acts. So maybe when they realize that their families will sufffer after they are gone, it will make a difference.

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