Written threats found at BG middle school

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (KOIN) — Battle Ground school officials found written threats during a Tuesday evening event at Chief Umtuch Middle School, setting in motion the decision to close five public schools. A nearby private school also decided to close for the day.

District spokesperson Gregg Herrington told KOIN 6 News the middle school principal and teachers became aware of a suicide threat on Tuesday and enacted the programs the school has in place. But during a curriculum night at the school, a series of written threats were found related to the student suicide threat.

The decision to close the schools was made and all the parents were alerted, he said.

There are 3,850 students at these five Battle Ground public schools. Overall, there are 12,900 students in the district.

Police and school officials will make a decision later Wednesday whether to re-open schools for Thursday.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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