Doug Emhoff Evacuated From Event At High School Due To Bomb Threat

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff was whisked away by the Secret Service after an apparent “security threat” at Dunbar High School in Washington Tuesday afternoon.

Emhoff was in the middle of a presentation when he was escorted out of the room. There was a bomb threat, according to a DC Public Schools spokesman.

“U.S. Secret Service was made aware of a security threat at a school where the @SecondGentleman 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,” Emhoff’s spokesperson Katie Peters wrote on Twitter.

He was in the school’s museum for about five minutes before a member of his security detail approached him saying, “we have to go.” Emhoff was removed from the building into his waiting motorcade.

The school was evacuated shortly after when an announcement came over the intercom asking students and teachers to leave the building.

“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,” said DCPS press secretary Enrique Gutierrez. “The building is clear. But I don’t have any specific details at this moment. It was a bomb threat.”

The Secret Service said Tuesday that “there is no information to indicate” the threat was directed at Emhoff.
“This afternoon, during an event attended by a Secret Service protectee, the Secret Service was made aware of a threat to the venue and immediately evacuated the protectee. At this time there is no information to indicate the threat was directed toward our protectee,” a Secret Service spokesperson said in a statement.
“In order to maintain operational security, the Secret Service does not discuss our protectees or the means and methods used to conduct our protective operations,” the spokesperson said.

Emhoff was at the high school to learn about their Black history curriculum, including a program in partnership with the National Park Service.

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