8 DC schools cleared following threats; police, FBI investigating

D.C. police investigated threats at eight District schools Wednesday, just a day after Dunbar High School was evacuated due to a bomb threat, and cleared the schools shortly before 3 p.m.

D.C. police said they were investigating threats at Dunbar, Theodore Roosevelt and Ron Brown high schools, as well as KIPP DC College Preparatory, IDEA Public Charter School, Seed Public Charter School, McKinley Tech High School and Friendship Public Charter School.

The schools have been cleared with no hazardous materials found, police tweeted.

D.C. police said in a 1:25 p.m. tweet that they were “responding to multiple bomb threats around the District including DCPS and DC Charter Schools.”

“In the past 24 hours, DC Public Schools has received bomb threats at three of our high schools,” DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said, calling them “troublesome incidents that we take very seriously.”

Police said they are working thoroughly to investigate the the threats and are being assisted by the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. They are asking anyone with information about the threats to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099.

Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, was whisked out of an event Tuesday at Dunbar following a bomb threat.

Emhoff was at Dunbar High School to help commemorate Black History Month and was in the school’s museum for a few minutes when a member of his security detail approached him saying, “We have to go.” Emhoff was hustled out into his waiting motorcade and taken away.

An overhead announcement then instructed students and teachers to “evacuate the building.”

Police used bomb technicians and dogs to search the building and concluded there was no threat.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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