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GW student threatens President Clinton

A GW student was hospitalized after assaulting a UPD officer and threatening to kill President Bill Clinton Oct. 30, a UPD official said.

UPD received a call from the Secret Service, which was holding a student in custody near the White House.

(He) appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance or substances, UPD Director Dolores Stafford said.

UPD and the Emergency Medical Response Group responded, taking the student into custody and back to Crawford Hall. Stafford said the individual made several attempts to flee.

While in the residence hall, the individual became combative with the police officers, which is the reason the incident is classified as an assault, Stafford said. She said the individual was then subdued.

In the midst of the incident, he threatened the president of the United States, said Stafford, who said the individual was then taken to GW Hospital for treatment.

In accordance with standard law enforcement protocol, UPD notified the Secret Service of the threat.

Dag Vega, assistant press secretary for specialty press at the White House, said White House policy prohibits commenting on the security of the president.

-Jason Steinhardt

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