Second gentleman Doug Emhoff escorted out of DC high school due to security threat

On Tuesday, Second gentleman Doug Emhoff was escorted out of an event by a Secret Service agent because of a reported “security threat.”  Emhoff’s wife, Vice President Kamala Harris, was not with him at the event taking place at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. in commemoration of Black History Month.  Emhoff’s office put out a press release saying that he was visiting the school “to meet with students who are participating in a program that helps them relate to history on a personal level.”

Emhoff was ushered out of the event at the school at approximately 2:18 p.m on Tuesday. Dunbar’s principal followed a few minutes later, stating there was a security threat reported by the school to the Secret Service. A school announcement came over the intercom at 2:34 p.m. calling on teachers to evacuate the school and reporters left the building as well. Enrique Gutierrez, the press secretary for DC Public Schools, said, “It was an apparent bomb threat … It was a bomb threat. We’re taking precautions, evacuation — evacuating everybody. Seems like all the students are out and safe.”

Katie Peters, Emhoff’s communications director, said in a statement: “U.S. Secret Service was made aware of a security threat at a school where the Second Gentleman was meeting with students and faculty. Mr. Emhoff is safe and the school has been evacuated. We are grateful to Secret Service and D.C. Police for their work.”

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