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FBI Investigates 29 Suspicious Letters with White Powdery Substance Sent to D.C. Schools

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posted on May, 7 2011 @ 11:27 AM
Hopefully this will turn out to be nothing, but it is still alarming especially when they target our kids.
I am very skeptical of the motives behind this but as we all have seen before groups try to test the system before they do the real attack. This is in Washington D.C. a big target that will potentially give such groups tremendous prestige and media coverage if pulled off.
Well I will be waiting to see how this pans out. . .

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The FBI continues to investigate who is responsible for mailing at least 29 letters Thursday, and additional letters this morning, to Washington, D.C. schools, causing some school evacuations and tying up hundreds of hours of police and law enforcement resources. Shortly after noon on Thursday, May 5, 2011, the FBI’s National Capital Response Squad began responding with the Washington, D.C. Fire Department, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to repeated calls from Washington, D.C. schools with concerns of suspicious letters containing a white powdery substance.

The addresses on the letters were printed, not handwritten. Each letter was addressed to a school and not a specific person. Further details on the content of the letters are not being released at this time because the investigation is pending. The following is a list of the 28 Washington, D.C. schools which received the suspicious letters on May 5, 2011; one location received two letters. These locations are not necessarily in the order in which they were reported:

1. Terrell Elementary: 3301 Wheeler RD SE
2. Brown Elementary: 4800 Meade ST NE
3. Powell Elementary: 1350 Upshur ST NW
4. King Elementary: 3200 6th ST SE
5. Lafayette Elementary: 5701 Broad Branch RD NW
6. Johnson Jr. High: 1400 Bruce PL SE
7. Hamilton Elementary: 1400 Brentwood Rd NE
8. The School Without Walls: 2130 G ST NW
9. Ballou Senior High School: 3401 4th ST, SE
10. Burroughs Education Campus: 1820 Monroe ST, NE
11. Marie Reed Elementary: 2201 18TH ST, NW
12. Ross Elementary: 1730 R ST, NW
13. Phelps Junior High: 704 26TH ST, NE
14. Houston Elementary: 1100 50TH PL, NE
15. Duke Ellington School: 3500 R ST, NW
16. Hardy Middle School: 1819 35th ST, NW
17. Peabody Elementary: 425 C ST, NE
18. Anne Beers School: 3600 Alabama AVE, SE
19. Banneker Day Care: 800 Euclid ST, NW
20. Eaton Elementary: 3301 Lowell ST, NW
21. Bunker Hill Elementary: 1401 Michigan Ave., NE
22. Maude Aiton Elementary: 533 48th PL, NE
23. Plummer Elementary: 4601 Texas Ave., SE
24. Thurgood Marshall Elementary: 3100 Ft. Lincoln DR, NE
25. Eastern High School: 1700 East Capital ST, NE
26. Lasalle Elementary: 501 Riggs RD, NE
27. Amidon Elementary: 401 I ST, SW
28. 1000 Mt. Olive RD, NE

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edit on 5/7/2011 by AnteBellum because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 7 2011 @ 11:29 AM
just in time.....

diversions are getting lazier these days get a new idea.

posted on May, 7 2011 @ 11:37 AM
reply to post by AnteBellum

Huh...please keep us updated here on the thread as anything develops on this, so far looks like at least some have been verified just to be cornstarch.

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posted on May, 7 2011 @ 11:43 AM
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This apparently tied up the police, fire department, USPS and the FBI for some time. They went scrambling from location to location treating it as a viable attack for hours - great diversionary tactic!
One would now know about how long they would take to investigate and which agencies will be occupied.

posted on May, 7 2011 @ 12:07 PM
This was on Thursday?

Seems to me that these incidents in the past have produced chem analysis results withing 24 hrs.

Could there be a reason that we still don't know what the 'substance is?'

posted on May, 7 2011 @ 12:18 PM
reply to post by jude11

I believe it isn't dangerous.

But still this seems deliberately off the media radar for some reason. . .

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