Teen appears in court on B.G. High School bomb threat accusations

Writing on bathroom wall prompted daylong evacuation of campus last month

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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An 18-year-old man appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court on accusations he wrote a bomb threat on a boys’ bathroom wall at Battle Ground High School, prompting an all-day evacuation of the campus Feb. 28.

Luke M. Love of Battle Ground shuffled into the courtroom in shackles and a green suicide smock, designed so it cannot be fashioned into a noose.

Love is scheduled to be arraigned April 4 on a charge of threat to bomb.

Judge Scott Collier set bail at $10,000 and appointed attorney Art Bennett to represent him.

Deputy Prosecutor Julie Carmena had asked for $20,000 bail.

“We have some concerns about the suspect’s safety, as well as the public’s safety,” Carmena said.

While a juvenile, he was convicted of two counts of fourth-degree assault against his father in 2010 and 2011, according to court records.

His father, Leslie Love, attended the hearing, then briefly chatted with Bennett outside the courtroom. He declined to comment as he left the courthouse.

According to court documents, Love struggles with multiple disabilities and mental health issues, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and major depression.