Statement from Discovery Communications

After a very difficult day at our headquarters in Silver Spring, we are extremely relieved to report that everyone in the building is unharmed. Thank you for the messages of support that we received via multiple platforms today — they were very much appreciated.

Here is the official Discovery statement about today’s events:

“First and foremost, Discovery Communications wants to express how relieved and grateful we are that all employees and the children from the Discovery Kids Place daycare center are safe. Employees in Silver Spring demonstrated courage, compassion and cooperation throughout the situation, which aided law enforcement efforts — for which we are thankful and proud.

In coordination with Montgomery County, Md., Police, an evacuation procedure was executed for all persons in the building. The evacuation procedures were handled with professionalism and with safety as Discovery’s primary concern. Discovery thanks the Montgomery County Police and Fire & Rescue and other state and federal safety personnel whose quick thinking and fast action ensured the safety of the employees and children in the building as well as the Silver Spring, Md., community.

The events of today showed the strong heart of the Discovery family.”

-David Leavy, Executive Vice President, Global Communications and Corporate Affairs, Discovery Communications

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