Doug Emhoff Abruptly Escorted from High School Event Following Bomb Threat

Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, was removed from an event at a Washington D.C. area high school on February 8, 2022, and the school was evacuated after a bomb threat was made.

It has not yet been confirmed whether the threat was related to Emhoff's appearance at the school, the Black History Month event he was attending, or the recent string of bomb threats that have been made to several Black colleges and universities across the U.S., the Associated Press reported.

Secret Service agents removed Emhoff from Dunbar High School where he was attending a Black History Month event around 2:18 p.m., according to Steve Herman of Voice of America.

The threat came through a phone call to the school's front desk at 2:15 p.m. stating that there was a bomb inside and that everyone had 10 minutes to leave, Metropolitan Executive Assistant Police Chief Ashan Benedict said, according to The New York Times.

According to a pool report, @SecondGentleman has been whisked away in the middle of a presentation at Dunbar High School in Washington DC due to "a security issue," according to the office of @VP.

Dunbar High School was the first public high school created to educate African-American students in the U.S. in 1870, initially called the Preparatory High School for Colored Youth, according to the school's alumni website.

Emhoff was inside the school's museum for about five minutes before he was approached by a Secret Service agent who said, "We have to go," according to the Associated Press. Emhoff was removed from the building and taken to the motorcade waiting outside. The school's principal reportedly followed a few minutes later.

At 2:34 p.m., according to pool reporters, students and faculty were told to evacuate the building and were later dismissed for the day as police and security officials will sweep the building, the AP reported.

"I think everyone is safe. The building is clear. But I don't have any specific details at this moment," D.C. Public Schools press secretary Enrique Gutierrez Jr. told pool reporters after the evacuation.

"This afternoon, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) responded to a bomb threat at Dunbar High School," Gutierrez said in a follow-up statement, the AP reported. "All students and visitors were safely evacuated in accordance with DC Public Schools protocols and given the time of the incident, students were then dismissed for the school day."

"U.S. Secret Service was made aware of a security threat at a school where the @SecondGentleman was meeting with students and faculty," tweeted Emhoff's communications director Katie Peters. "Mr. Emhoff is safe and the school has been evacuated. We are grateful to Secret Service and D.C. Police for their work."

Vice President Harris has spoken to her husband since the evacuation and confirmed that "he's OK," a White House official told CNN.

A spokesperson for the Secret Service also told CNN that they currently don't have information suggesting the threat was made with the intent for it to be directed toward Emhoff.

U.S. Secret Service was made aware of a security threat at a school where the @SecondGentleman was meeting with students and faculty. Mr. Emhoff is safe and the school has been evacuated. We are grateful to Secret Service and D.C. Police for their work.

Update 2/8/2022 6:50 p.m.: This story has been updated with additional details as they have been reported.

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Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, is whisked out of an event at a high school by a Secret Service agent following an apparent security concern, Tuesday in Washington. Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press