Harvard Bomb Threat Forces Evacuations On Campus

    December 16, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Harvard has been forced to evacuate several buildings on campus after a bomb threat was conveniently called in during finals.

According to an emergency alert issued by the school, no explosions have been reported but authorities are taking all necessary precautions and have evacuated four buildings: the Science Center and Thayer, Sever and Emerson halls. Several final exams have been canceled for the day.

The initial report went out over the school’s emergency alert system at just after nine a.m. today; about half an hour later, this message was issued:

“The Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) this morning received an unconfirmed report that explosives may have been placed in four buildings on campus: the Science Center, Thayer, Sever and Emerson Halls. HUPD and Cambridge Police are on the scene. Out of an abundance of caution, the buildings have been evacuated while the report is investigated. Harvard’s focus is on the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We will update the media when we have more information.”

Harvard University and Cambridge Police are at the scene and will be conducting an investigation into the call; as of now, only residents of Harvard Yard will be allowed access to the Yard and must have ID.

The threat is being treated by many as a hoax, possibly perpetrated by a student who needed a little more time to study. For some, the idea is frustrating.

“I have a good guess somebody called it in so they wouldn’t have to take an exam,” student Alexander Ryjik said. “It’s frustrating because now the exam will have to be postponed.”

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  • Yep

    It is apparent to me that we don’t need terrorists. We are terrorizing ourselves!!

    Terrorists won on 9/11. We have totally changed our way of life and our country is a shadow of its former self. The sad part is I am not even sure terrorists did 9/11. I was just like everyone after 9/11 — yeah lets go after the terrorists, but the last 10 years I have read so much and it is obvious we are not being told the truth. It is so freaking obvious. I have been to Shanksville and a plane did not crash there — ask the people in the town and look at footage from that area. I have been to the Pentagon and there are more cameras there than you can imagine. We should have at least one perfectly clear picture of a plane. Then there is the number of people that claimed to hear bombs going off at the trade centers that have died mysteriously. Lots of weird things. America is flat out in denial.

    But what do you expect when you spend more money investigating a blow job (Monica Lewinsky) than you do the most devastating attack in US history that killed 3,000 of your own people.