Suspicious Package Investigation at NW Elementary School

Emergency services on the scene

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    The scene at Oyster-Adams School on Wednesday, where students were evacuated during a suspicious package investigation.

    D.C. fire and police investigated a suspicious package at a school in Northwest D.C. on Wednesday morning.

    A letter containing an unknown white powder substance was sent to the Oyster-Adams School on 209 19th Street.  D.C. Fire Hazmat, D.C. Police, and the FBI were all notified of the situation.

    School administrators ordered students evacuated during the investigation.

    D.C. Public Schools released the following statement on the incident:

    “This morning, a letter containing a white powder substance was received at the Oyster-Adams Bilingual School – Adams campus. In accordance with DCPS protocols, school leadership immediately contacted the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and emergency personnel responded to the school to investigate. No students were exposed to the letter or its contents. As a precaution, students have been evacuated until MPD advises that students can return. DCPS will continue to work with MPD and the appropriate agencies and provide updates when new information is released.”

    Just before 1 p.m., D.C. police gave the all clear, and students were admitted back into the building.  Police said that no students had been exposed to dangerous material.

    The remainder of the school day as well as after school activities will proceed as scheduled, DCPS said.

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