D.C. schools investigate suspicious substance deliveries

Update, 11:06 p.m.

Letters were sent to 29 D.C. schools.

D.C. fire officials said one did not bring it into the building.

The other schools are:

- Amidon Elementary in Southwest

- Ballou High in Southeast

-Banneker Day Care in Northwest

-Beers Elementary in Southeast

-Brookland Education Campus at Bunker Hill in Northeast

-Burroughs Education Campus in Northeast

-Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Northwest

-Eastern High in Northeast

-Eaton Elementary in Northwest

-Hamilton Center in Northeast

-Hardy Middle in Northwest

-Houston Elementary in Northeast

-Johnson Middle in Southeast

-King Elementary in Southeast

-Lafayette Elementary in Northwest

-Lasalle Elementary in Northeast

-Marie Reed Elementary in Northwest

-Martin Luther King Elementary in Southeast

-Maude Aiton Elementary in Northeast

-M.C. Terrell Elementary in Southeast

-Peabody Elementary in Northeast

-Phelps in Northeast

-Plummer Elementary in Southeast

-Powell Elementary in Northwest

-Ronald H. Brown Middle in Northeast

-Ross Elementary in Northwest

-School Without Walls in Northwest

-Thurgood Marshall Elementary in Northeast

Earlier:

The FBI, police and paramedics scrambled across the city Thursday afternoon chasing reports of letters containing a suspicious substance that arrived at more than a dozen D.C. public schools, authorities said.

Many of the schools were evacuated, authorities said. But no students were treated for illness and site tests found nothing toxic, according to D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer.

The FBI seized letters from four schools, according to spokesman Andrew Ames.

At least six of the letters, mailed from Dallas, contained white powder and a letter with the words “AL AQEDA-FBI,” according to a bulletin released by the Washington Regional Threat and Analysis Center in the District.

The letters were sent with typed address labels, said the bulletin, which said they are identical to letters received by District schools in October 2010.

Police, the FBI and law enforcement sources confirmed deliveries at the following schools: Ballou High School in Southeast, Hamilton Junior High School in Northeast, Johnson Middle School in Southeast, Lafayette Elementary School in Northwest, Martin Luther King Elementary School in Southeast, M.C. Terrell Elementary School in Southeast, Phelps High School in Northeast, Powell Elementary School in Northwest and Ronald H. Brown Middle School in Northeast, and School WIthout Walls High School in Northwest.

“No students have been in danger at any point,” Piringer said. “These situations involved mailrooms or office areas.”

At Brown, Principal Darrin Slade said the the powder wasn’t dangerous and he was preparing for an on-time dismissal.

“Everything is OK,” Slade said. “Everything’s safe here. No problems.”

This item has been updated since it was first published.

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