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8 DC schools targeted by Wednesday bomb threats, police confirm all-clear

Dunbar, Roosevelt, Ron Brown, KIPP DC Prep, McKinley Tech, Seed charter, IDEA charter and Friendship Public Charter schools all faced threats on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — Editor's Note: The video above is from Tuesday's bomb threat at Dunbar High School. 

DC police have confirmed an all-clear at eight schools after bomb threats were made Wednesday. Three of the threats happened just minutes apart around 12:30 p.m. More threats were reported shortly after.

Dunbar, Roosevelt and Ron Brown high schools were all evacuated after the threats were made.

IDEA Public Charter School in Northeast and DC Seed Public Charter School in Southeast also received threats at lunchtime, however, officials have not confirmed if there was an evacuation.

Police confirmed just before 2:30 p.m. that KIPP DC Prep School also received a threat.

At 3:30 p.m., police said that McKinley Tech High School also received a threat. They went on to announce Friendship Public Charter School had as well just before 5 p.m. 

"DC Public Schools 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," said Enrique Gutiérrez, press secretary at District of Columbia Public Schools.

DC Police and DC Fire/EMS were initially sent to the schools to investigate. 

On Tuesday, the second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, was evacuated from an event at Dunbar High School after another bomb threat. A security detail on his team reportedly approached him and said "we have to go" in the midst of a tour.

“We had a threat today to the facility so we did, basically we took the precaution of evacuating everybody," Gutiérrez said after the incident. "I think everyone is safe. The building is clear. But I don’t have any specific details at this moment.”

Emhoff was at Dunbar High School for an event in commemoration of Black History Month. 

After the Tuesday threat, students and educators at the school were instructed to leave the building, with an overhead announcement saying to evacuate. Students, who were in the fourth period, were dismissed for the day since it was expected to take several hours for security officials to sweep the building, principal Nadine Smith said.  

Credit: AP
People leave Dunbar High School in Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, after Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, was whisked out of an event by Secret Service agents following an apparent security concern. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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