5 Battle Ground schools checked, deemed safe after threats

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 5:03 PM

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. – Police swept through five schools in Battle Ground Wednesday after officials at Chief Umtuch Middle School found a note Tuesday threatening students and staff there.

Classes were canceled Tuesday after school officials first found a written suicide threat with no name on it during a curriculum night. After a call went out to parents, warning them of the threat, a second more concerning note was found by school officials, according to Chief Umtuch Principal David Cresap.

The second note threatened students and staff at the school. That’s when police closed Chief Umtuch, along with nearby schools.

"The decision to cancel class was based on the level of specificity of the date, location and the victim," Cresap said.

Police did a thorough, physical sweep of Chief Umtuch along with Captain Strong Primary, Summit View Middle, CAM Academy and Battle Ground High.

"It's frightening. It makes you want to home-school," one parent told KGW.

Lt. Roy Butler with Battle Ground police said they found nothing after the sweep of the schools. Police were also consulting the FBI and asking for tips or information from the public.

Police said the threat named specific victims but declined to provide further details, saying that it would jeopardize their investigation, Herrington said.

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