Students Helping Pitt Freshmen Impacted By Evacuations
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After dozens of bomb threats on the University of Pittsburgh campus, there are now efforts underway to provide places to stay for students who are evacuated from their dorms.
Facebook efforts including Adopt a Freshman, Pitt ENS Couch Surfing and Bomb Threat Housing Spaces allow students or others with extra space to offer room to students who may be forced out of their dorms in the middle of night.
Pitt junior Justin Mignogna is offering up a futon to “any freshman who needs it.”
Kelsey Perkins, a senior at Pitt, and her roommates are offering two couches in their apartment. She says she feels for students who don’t have anywhere to go during overnight bomb threats.
People offering spaces online describe them, explain how close they are to campus and give contact information.
As a result of a listing, one student has already worked out a plan with Perkins to call and come over if there’s a threat in her building in the middle of the night.
The creator of Bomb Threat Housing Spaces, Pitt sophomore Doug Kopp, thinks it’s remarkable and “awesome” that people are willing to offer spaces to strangers.
A spokesperson for the University of Pittsburgh says the school is not involved in any of the efforts.
Perkins says while the program is making the best of bad situation, she wishes the threats would just stop.
“Everybody is very, very frustrated,” she said.