Second gentleman Doug Emhoff was evacuated from an event at a DC public high school by Secret Service agents due to an apparent bomb threat. Emhoff is safe, as well as others who were on the scene, according to D.C. police.
The Associated Press reported that Emhoff was inside the school’s museum for just five minutes before his security detail approached him saying, “we have to go.” Emhoff quickly evacuated the building into his waiting motorcade. Fifteen minutes later, faculty and students were evacuated from the school as well.
Kristen Metzger, a D.C. police spokeswoman, said police were informed shortly after 2:30 p.m. that a bomb threat had been called into the school, but nothing had been found as of 3 p.m. Emhoff was at Dunbar High School celebrating Black History Month. The school, founded in 1870, was America’s first public high school specifically for Black students.
According to District of Columbia Public Schools spokesman Enrique Gutierrez, there was a bomb threat, though it was not known if it was related to Emhoff’s visit or the specific event commemorating Black History Month.
“We had a threat today to the facility so we did — basically we took the precaution of evacuating everybody, as you saw. I think everyone is safe. The building is clear. But I don’t have any specific details at this moment,” Gutierrez told reporters.
Katie Peters, the spokesperson for Emhoff, said the school alerted the Secret Service about a “security incident or a report of a potential security incident.” Students at the school were dismissed for the rest of the day, as it was expected to take several hours for security officials to sweep the building, principal Nadine Smith said.
The Secret Service did not provide reporters with any more details about the incident. Vice President Kamala Harris was not at the event, though this news comes recently after it was reported that she was threatened by a pipe bomb outside the DNC on January 6th of last year.