All Clear issued to Columbia University after bomb threats issued to 3 Ivy League schools – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – Several buildings on the Columbia University campus were evacuated on Sunday following a bomb threat, the school said.

The NYPD then considered the threat to be a crash incident, and the school cleared three affected buildings – Lerner Hall, Butler Hall and Carman Hall – for occupation.

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Andy Costello, a former NYPD deputy inspector, said the squat has two meanings. One is when someone makes a false threat to distract the police before committing a crime elsewhere.

“But it has become a term by which people are launching false bomb threats simultaneously at different locations, just to attract and move law enforcement resources towards them,” Costello said.

For a while there were moments of tension on Sunday, CBS2’s Cory James reported.

Cole Fitzgibbons and his roommate Christian Gomes said they received an alarming text message addressed to Columbia students.

“At this point, we just took our things and we just took a dip,” Fitzgibbons said.

But Gomes said after realizing it, he learned – at the same time – that his college friends were also evacuating Cornell University in the upstate and Brown University in Rhode Island in due to similar threats.

“And it happened at Yale a few days ago. I don’t know if it’s like aiming for the Ivys, ”Gomes said.

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Nikolas Martin goes to Cornell, but was in New York City when his school texted an urgent evacuation.

“It was shocking,” Martin said. “I became worried. I called all of my friends who were on campus, trying to make sure everyone was safe and what was going on.

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The NYPD said the threat to Columbia began after someone called security around 2:30 p.m., reporting several bombs on campus.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the university said in part: “The university has immediately evacuated the buildings identified in the threat. Following an investigation, the threats were deemed not credible by the NYPD and the campus buildings were allowed to be occupied. We thank those affected for their patience and cooperation during the evacuation. “

It was a positive end, but a frightening situation for everyone on all the campuses that were put on high alert.

“At first I thought it was a hoax, but then it felt like it was a real thing,” Fitzgibbons said.

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Authorities said the threats against Cornell and Brown were also not considered credible.


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