(RoyalPatriot.com )- A threat at a high school in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday forced second gentleman Doug Emhoff to be evacuated.
Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, was attending an event for Black History Month at Dunbar High School in the city when the school received a security threat.
Roughly five minutes after Emhoff arrived at the school, an agent with the Secret Service was forced to rush him out of the building. Staff members for Emhoff told reporters who were attending the event that the Secret Service had received a security threat.
Following the incident, Katie Peters, the communications director for Emhoff, tweeted:
“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.”
A D.C. Public School spokesperson told reporters on scene at the high school that the school received a bomb threat. That forced school staff to evacuate students and teachers who were in the building.
Enrique Gutierrez, the press secretary, commented:
“We had a threat today to the facility so … basically we took the precaution of evacuating everybody, as you saw. I think everyone is safe. The building is clear. But, I don’t have any specific details at this moment.”
Later on Tuesday, Ashan Benedict, the executive assistant chief for DC Police, told reporters that the school received a threat to the building at roughly 2:15 p.m. The bomb threat was made at the front desk, and said that people had 10 minutes to leave the building.
That threat was then relayed to the Secret Service detail on Emhoff three minutes later, and the Second Gentleman was then promptly escorted out of the building. Resource officers at the school were also notified of the threat, and all students and staff had to evacuate the building and went to a field nearby.
The bomb threat was called into the school that day, the Metropolitan Police Department as well as the District of Columbia Public Schools confirmed.
Secret Service added that “there is no information to indicate” that the threat was directed toward Emhoff.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Secret Service said:
“This afternoon during an event attended by a Secret Service protectee, the Secret Service was made aware of a threat to the venue and immediately evacuated the protectee. At this time there is no information to indicate the threat was directed toward our protectee.
“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.”
The school Emhoff was visiting was the first in the United States that was created specifically to educate African-American students. It was founded back in 1870 with that purpose, and is the reason why Emhoff was visiting it as part of a Black History Month event.