Three Ivy League universities evacuate campus after hoax bomb threats

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The NYPD has described a hoax bomb threat directed towards Columbia University on Sunday night as a ‘swatting’ prank as two other Ivy League schools were forced to evacuate over bomb threats earlier in the day.

Several buildings on the northern Manhattan campus were evacuated following a threat that was made.  

Three buildings on campus — Lerner Hall, Butler Hall and Carman Hall — had to be evacuated. 

Columbia University police issued a campus-wide emergency alert at about 2:30pm. 

‘The NYPD has determined that the threats at Columbia today were a swatting incident.Police conducted a search of the locations and deemed the area safe. The investigation into the origins of those messages remains ongoing,’ the NYPD tweeted hours after the incident.  

Law enforcement gather at Columbia University campus in response to a bomb threat in New York on Sunday

Law enforcement gather at Columbia University campus in response to a bomb threat in New York on Sunday

Bomb threats were made towards three Ivy League schools in the northeastern United States

Bomb threats were made towards three Ivy League schools in the northeastern United States

Columbia, Pts terbaik sumatera which has 31,000 students, was one of three elite Ivy League universities that was targeted during the day.

Andy Costello, a former NYPD deputy inspector of police, said swatting has two meanings. 

One is when someone makes a fake threat to distract police before committing a crime somewhere else while the other sees hoax emergency calls made in order to summon dozens of police to a specific location.

‘It has morphed into a term where people make fake bomb threats simulta