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Second gentleman Doug Emhoff evacuated from D.C. school following bomb threat

Emhoff was visiting a high school for a Black History Month event when Secret Service abruptly ushered him out of the room.
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WASHINGTON — Second gentleman Doug Emhoff was evacuated on Tuesday from an event at a Washington, D.C., high school after a bomb threat.

Emhoff, who was visiting Dunbar High School for Black History Month, was interrupted by a U.S. Secret Service agent just a few minutes after the event began and ushered out of the room.

About 15 minutes after Emhoff left the event, an announcement was made for students and faculty to evacuate the building.

Enrique Gutierrez, a spokesperson for D.C. Public Schools, confirmed that the event was abruptly cut short due to a bomb threat. Gutierrez told reporters traveling with the second gentleman, "I think everyone is safe, the building is clear."

A spokesperson for the Secret Service said agents "immediately evacuated" the second gentleman after learning of the threat, and that "[a]t this time there is no information" indicating that the threat was directed at Emhoff.

The spokesperson added that 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."

Katie Peters, a spokesperson for the second gentleman, said in a tweet that Emhoff was safe. “We are grateful to Secret Service and D.C. Police for their work,” she wrote.

Dunbar Principal Nadine Smith told reporters that the school made the decision to send students home for the day after the incident.