A 17-year-old girl was arrested by the Secret Service due to a Feb. 8 bomb threat at Dunbar High School, according to a report by The Washington Examiner.
The arrest was made on Wednesday in connection with a fake bomb threat that took place during second gentleman Doug Emhoff’s visit to a Washington, D.C., high several months ago.
“The arrest was assisted by Secret Service in addition to local authorities,” the Examiner reported. “The bomb threat was first made to the school’s front desk by an anonymous caller who told school employees that they had 10 minutes to evacuate, said Ashan Benedict, executive assistant chief for MPD, in a February press conference.”
2.8.22 Executive Assistant Chief Benedict provides an update regarding a bomb threat at Dunbar High School, Unit block of N Street NW. pic.twitter.com/M8tmgPzlIC
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) February 8, 2022
According to reports, the Security Service was made aware of the threat shortly after it was made and they moved quickly to evacuate Emjoff, who was making a planned visit to the school as part of outreach for Black History Month.
“Bomb units and bomb-sniffing dogs were sent to the scene and found no signs of any explosive devices. It’s unclear if the threat had any connection to Emhoff’s visit,” the Examiner’s report stated. “The investigation into the bomb threat is ongoing.”
Dunbar High School was reportedly the nation’s first black high school which opened it’s doors in 1870, according to NPR.
“It’s really amazing because we’re talking about people who literally changed America, who changed the United States,” journalist Alison Stewart tells host Audie Cornish on All Things Considered.
“The architect of school desegregation, Charles Hamilton Houston, was a Dunbar graduate. Elizabeth Catlett, the artist. Billy Taylor, the jazz musician. The first black general in the Army. The first black graduate of the Naval Academy. The first black presidential Cabinet member. The lists go on and on.”