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Emhoff Whisked From Event at DC's Dunbar High School Over Security Concern

D.C. police said there was a bomb threat at the school

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Secret Service agents whisked Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, out of an event Tuesday at a Washington, D.C., high school following an apparent security concern.

Emhoff was at Dunbar High School for an event in commemoration of Black History Month. He was in the school's museum for about five minutes before a member of his security detail approached him shortly after 2:15 p.m., saying, "We have to go."

Emhoff was removed from the building into his waiting motorcade.

Students and educators at the school also were instructed to leave the school, with an overhead announcement saying, "Evacuate the building."

D.C. police said there was a bomb threat at the school. The nature of the threat was not immediately known.

Police said they cleared the building and didn't find any sign of a bomb.

The incident comes days after numerous historically Black colleges and universities throughout the country received threats, including Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. The FBI identified six "tech savvy" juveniles as persons of interest in those threats.

The Metropolitan Police Department said it was working with the FBI to see if this threat could be connected.

"This is preliminary. So I can't say with any certainty it's not related to recent threats with the historically black colleges, but our partners at the FBI Washington Field Office will work with us to kind of decipher what we have here and make those links - if any. But at this time, it doesn't appear to be related," MPD Executive Assistant Chief of Police Ashan Benedict said.

Spokespeople for Emhoff and Harris did not immediately provide further details on the situation. The Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Asked about the incident during her daily briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she did not have any updates on the matter.

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