7 predominantly Black schools in Washington evacuated over bomb threats

7 predominately Black schools in Washington evacuated over bomb threats

Feb 11, 2022: According to a report by Reuters, seven black-majority schools in Washington were evacuated on Wednesday following bomb threats and later cleared, including a high school that was threatened a day earlier during a visit by US Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband, authorities said.

The District of Columbia Police Department said four public high schools and three charter schools had received threats. Washington police later announced Dunbar High School, where Harris’ husband, Douglas Emhoff, was taken to safety following Tuesday’s bomb threat, and the rest were cleared “without any hazardous materials.”

But the incidents have fueled fears among black communities that have rocked at least a dozen historically black colleges and universities or HBCUs across the country in a series of bomb threats last week.

“Americans have a right to be safe at work, in houses of worship and at school,” Harris said in a statement. “We must stand up against any threat of violence in our communities.”

No explosives were found at any HBCU, but the threats are being investigated by the FBI. Washington police say they are investigating threats this week to Dunbar, the first high school for black Americans in the United States, and other schools.

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