Boy, 13, in court in Battle Ground bomb threat case

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A 13-year-old Battle Ground boy appeared Tuesday in Clark County Juvenile Court on suspicion of making threats to bomb Chief Umtuch Middle School and kill students and staff.

The alleged plot was to be carried out on Sept. 11.

Jeff A. Erwin, a student at the school, is scheduled to be formally charged Oct. 14 with making threats to bomb and harassment with death threats.

In the meantime, Court Commissioner Jennifer Snider ordered that Erwin be kept on house arrest at his parents’ Battle Ground home. A teacher from the Battle Ground school district will tutor him at home, according to court records.

Battle Ground police were called at about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 to the middle school, 700 N.W. Ninth St., for a report of two threats submitted anonymously to a message board on the school’s website. The middle school and five other Battle Ground schools were closed Sept. 11 as a precaution.