Classes Resume in Battle Ground After Threat
Chief Umtuch Middle School
September 12, 2013, 3:24 pm
By Jeremy Scott
BATTLE GROUND, Wash. -- A 13-year-old boy threatened to use explosives to end his life and a teacher's on 9/11. That led to six schools closing on Wednesday. Classes resumed a day later.
The student attends Chief Umtuch Middle School in the 8th grade. He'll be in juvenile court next week charged with felony harassment.
"There was a specific threat on a specific school, and there are other schools in close proximity. Although the specific threat was to one school, it was proven and reasonable to take this action," said Lieutenant Roy Butler.
There was more security at the school today with counselors and parents volunteering to keep an eye out for anything suspicious.
"Middle school is a time when kids can be mean to each other. There's no question about that and I don't know if that's ever going to change. We work pretty hard to help give kids skills to work with each other," said Principal David Cresap.
In his 35 years as an educator, he has never been involved with
anything like this and never wants to experience it again, saying the past two days have been "difficult".
Police found nothing suspicious in a sweep of Umtuch, Battle Ground High, Summit View Middle, Captain Strong Primary, and the CAM Academy. Firm Foundation Christian School, a private school also closed.
A suicide note from a student sparked the response. Parents relieved an automated message that was also posted
on the district's website.
The threat was close to home for the Umtuch community. The Columbian reports two students took their lives last December and January. Coincidentally, teachers and parents had planned a forum on bullying and suicide for next month.
There was an unrelated bomb threat
at Battle Ground High School in February.