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Increased Bomb Threats Prompt Pitt Students To Leave Campus

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FREELAND-WEB-HEADSHOT-2013 Lynne Hayes-Freeland
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There is normally a lot of hustle and bustle on Pitt’s campus, but today, not so much. It could be because of the Passover and Easter holiday weekend, or it could be because a lot of students have packed their bags and left because of the increase in bomb threats this past week.

“Our parents were a little nervous. I was a little nervous,” said Pitt freshman Maggie Farell.

Farell was back on campus this morning in time for class. But she spent the night in a hotel.

Farell and a friend left 15 minutes before the latest campus threat Thursday night – 15 minutes before the latest campus evacuation.

“I slept a lot better than I ever would in here,” said freshman Christina Mangiaracina.

Students who live on campus said they are beginning to feel frustrated, angry and anxious. The dogs, evacuations, and text messages about threats aren’t supposed to be part of their college experience.

Now they are exhausted as well, because some are sleeping somewhere other than their own beds.

“I’m tired of it, I’m annoyed and I’m angry,” said freshman Nikki Wray. “At one point I was kind of scared, but now I’m more nervous because of anticipation. A bunch of us have already set our ring tones for that one text message.”

While some students said they are finding it easier to go elsewhere until the threats go away, other said this is their school, their campus, and they feel safe. They just want the threats to stop.

“I don’t necessarily feel unsafe here,” said freshman Kevin Narby. “I’m just more aggravated that someone’s continuing to do this and disrupting my education.”

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