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At Least 6 Washington D.C. High Schools Evacuated Over Bomb Threats

Police have responded to at least six bomb threats at Washington D.C. high schools on Wednesday.

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The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department confirmed on Twitter that public and charter schools in the area have been evacuated. District of Columbia Public Schools said that those high schools include Roosevelt, Ron Brown, and Dunbar—the same school where Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff was forced to evacuate due to another bomb threat the day prior.

The other three schools have not yet been identified.

Police said an investigation into the details is ongoing. As of Wednesday afternoon, police said no hazardous materials had been found so far, but the schools are still being searched, The Washington Post reported.

Newsweek reported that the Tuesday threat at Dunbar High School came via phone call, with the person on the other line saying there was a bomb inside the school and everyone had 10 minutes to get out. Secret Service had to remove Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, from the school, who was attending a Black History Month event it was hosting.

It was not immediately clear whether the latest bomb threat at Dunbar was directly related to Tuesday’s.

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Six Washington D.C. high schools were evacuated due to bomb threats on February 9, one day after Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff was evacuated from a school during another bomb threat. Above, students are seen walking into a school.
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Lewis D. Ferebee, chancellor for DCPS, said on Twitter the threats are “troublesome incidents that we take very seriously.”

“All students & staff were safely evacuated in accordance with DCPS protocols, and MPD responded swiftly to the schools,” Ferebee wrote. “[DCPS] values the safety of all our students, staff, and visitors and will continue to offer support to our school communities while the MPD investigations are ongoing.”

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Update 02/09/22, 2:15 p.m. ET: This story was updated to add more information and a statement from Lewis D. Ferebee, chancellor for District of Columbia Public Schools.

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