Bomb threats disrupt Harvard as nation addresses Paris

By Lindsey Stokes
Staff Writer

Around 12:30 Monday afternoon, Harvard University officials issued an alert claiming they had received an “unconfirmed bomb threat” which resulted in the evacuation of the Science Center, Sever, Emerson, and Thayer halls. Access to Harvard Yard was also restricted.

According to Harvard executive vice president Katie Lapp, the threat came in email form and, about an hour and a half after receiving it, nothing to substantiate the threat had been found.

By 3:30 p.m. both Sever and Emerson halls as well as Harvard yard had been searched and re-opened. Law enforcement however, continued to search the Science center and Thayer Hall.

Harvard was not the only Mass. school to receive a bomb threat or threats Monday. Cape Cod Community College canceled classes Monday morning after finding a threat written on a wall.

Police in Cambridge said they viewed an anonymous blog post Monday morning that said someone was planning to bomb “cambridge mass city schools.” According to Superintendent of Cambridge Schools Jeffrey Young, nothing unusual was found in a police search. In addition, Fitchburg State temporarily evacuated its McKay campus after receiving a threat.