BATTLE GROUND, Wash. – Police made an arrest in connection with a series of threats that closed six schools in Battle Ground Wednesday
Around 3:30 p.m. police arrested a 13-year-old male student from Chief Umtuch Middle School who lives in the unincorporated Battle Ground area. Investigators believe he made the threats that prompted police to sweep through the schools for any sign of danger.
Classes were canceled after officials at Chief Umtuch Middle School found a note Tuesday threatening students and staff.
The suspect's computer was seized and officers determined he did not possess the means to carry out any of the threats he made, said Sgt. Aaron Kanooth with Battle Ground police.
Police do not believe any other suspects were involved. The teen was released to the custody of his parents who cooperated with investigators, Kanooth said.
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, Battle Ground High, and the Firm Foundation Christian private school.
"It's frightening. It makes you want to home school," one parent told KGW.
Lt. Roy Butler with Battle Ground police said they 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.
The case will be forwarded to the Clark County Juvenile Prosecutor for charges of felony harassment.