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Security Continues At Pitt Despite Claims Bombs Threats Have Ended

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A group claiming to be responsible for the Pitt bomb threats says the threats are over, but with finals week approaching the university isn’t taking any chances.

Only five buildings were open for students scheduled to take finals Monday. All were pre-swept for explosives and students were required to present a student ID and have their bags checked upon entering the building.

Should there be a bomb threat during finals, the building will be checked but only evacuated if there were an imminent threat.

“I think it’s good because you don’t have to really move or anything like that,” Pitt freshman Matthew Resh said. “You can really get your tests done.”

“It complicates things a little bit because, still, everyone’s on edge after hearing everything,” Pitt freshman Shannon McCaully said. “I don’t know. Everything’s confusing for my own finals because the teachers have to put everything online and it’s confusing to find these things. I’m not even sure what’s going on still.”

Finals began just after a weekend when the university dropped its advertisement for a $50,000 reward just after a group sent a message to the Pitt News claiming responsibility for many of the threats and claiming the threats would stop if the reward was dropped.

The university had no comment.

“I think that the university is just basically giving into the threats by doing that,” Pitt sophomore Ryan Amdy said. “I’m not personally for it, but if that’s what they want to do then I respect their decision.”

The federal prosecutor had no comment today on where the investigation stands. He referred KDKA to his statement from April 11.

“We have made significant progress in the investigation,” the statement read. “The information (from students) has helped us to focus on potential suspects.”

At this point the university has reported no bomb threats for Monday.

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