Security Scares at Four Ivies

Bomb threats were called in at four Ivy League institutions over the last few days (photo credit: Andrew Chen).

It appears to be going around in the Ivy League. No, it’s not COVID-19, worry not. This past week, four Ivy League institutions — Yale University, Columbia University, Cornell University, and Brown University — reported that they had received bomb threats. That’s right. Bomb threats. The threats, apparently, were called in over the phone but were all found to be not credible, according to police. No bombs were ultimately found on any one of the four Ivy League campuses and no arrests have yet been made in the cases thus far.

As Ivan Pereira reports for ABC News in a piece entitled “3 Ivy League universities issue temporary evacuations after receiving bomb threats,” “Three Ivy League school campuses issued temporary evacuations Sunday afternoon after receiving bomb threats. The incidents at Cornell, Columbia and Brown universities came two days after a similar threat took place at Yale University Friday. The New York Police Department was called to Columbia’s campus around 2:30 p.m. and students and visitors were told to avoid the area, the school said on Twitter. About two hours later, the school announced that the threats ‘were deemed not credible by the NYPD and the campus buildings have been cleared for reoccupancy.’ Brown University’s officials said in a statement that officers were called in after a bomb threat was made over the phone. Then, at around 5:45 p.m., the school announced that investigators found no evidence of a credible threat. ‘Buildings that had been evacuated are now reopened, and university operations have resumed as normal,’ the school said in a statement. Cornell University officials said a security perimeter was put into place around 4:10 p.m. as officers investigated the threats. Around 7:34, the school said there was no credible threat and reopened the campus.”

We’ll be sure to keep our readers posted on any developments with these threats at Yale, Columbia, Cornell, and Brown. And let’s hope the people responsible for making these dangerous threats soon face justice.

 
 

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