Pitt News Editor-In-Chief Describes Semester As “Surreal”
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pitt News, the student-run newspaper at the University of Pittsburgh, is finding itself right in the thick of the series of bomb threats on campus.
Two days ago, the paper says it received an email claiming to be from the bomb threat culprit.
The anonymous email said the threats would stop if the $50,000 reward was withdrawn.
The university decided to comply, and dropped the reward.
The Pitt News has been covering the threats since they started in mid-February.
“The word I’ve heard people use to describe this semester with all of the bomb threats has been surreal,” said Michael Macagnone, the editor-in-chief of the Pitt News, “especially with the FBI becoming involved, Joint Terrorism Task Force, security at entrances to buildings and now most recently with the anonymous email we received two days ago and Pitt dropping the reward yesterday after that email asked them to do so.”
On Sunday, Pitt announced it will restrict final exams to five buildings and security will be heightened.
University officials say those buildings will be swept daily. You have to have a Pitt ID to get in and all bags will be checked.