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Husband of U.S. VP Harris, students evacuate Black history event after bomb threat

Sports & General Feb 08, 2022 06:10PM ET
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© Reuters. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff tour Suresnes American Cemetery in Suresnes, France, November 10, 2021. Sarahbeth Maney/Pool via REUTERS

By Kanishka Singh

(Reuters) -U.S. Secret Service agents rushed Douglas Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, to safety on Tuesday while students and administrators evacuated after a bomb threat to a Washington school celebrating a Black History Month event, officials said.

Emhoff was at Dunbar High School, the first high school for Black Americans in the United States, according to its website.

A series of bomb threats were made last week to at least a dozen historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) nationwide, forcing the institutions to cancel classes and raising fears among Black communities. No explosives were found at any of the locations but the threats are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Police said that preliminary information indicated Tuesday's bomb threat was neither related to last week's threats nor was it targeted at Emhoff. However, it added that a connection with last week's threats could not be completely ruled out.

Police said that the bomb threat was made in a phone call, which authorities were tracing. The area was deemed safe by late afternoon.

Emhoff's staff earlier told reporters that the school reported the threat to the U.S. Secret Service, which protects U.S. political leaders and their families. Emhoff was safe, his spokesperson said.

"We had a threat today to the facility so we ... took the precaution of evacuating everybody, as you saw. I think everyone is safe. The building is clear," a District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) spokesperson said.

Husband of U.S. VP Harris, students evacuate Black history event after bomb threat
 

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gab nea
gab nea Feb 09, 2022 5:19AM ET
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bomb threats against Kamala and HBCUs, I wonder who would do that, must be law and order type GOP er.
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Co Gonz Feb 09, 2022 5:19AM ET
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Nope, there’s never been a real threat like that from gop. Even plot to kidnap Michigan was fbi, fbi on grounds during jan 6th also.. history says fbi behind this also.. yiu should read more
 
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