Battle Ground

Boy accused of making school threats charged with 2 felonies

Boy accused of making school threats charged with 2 felonies
Chief Umtuch Middle School on Thursday morning.

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. -- A 13-year-old boy accused of making threats to a Battle Ground middle school on Sept. 11 -- resulting in the closure of five schools -- has been charged with two felonies.

Clark County prosecutors filed charges of "threats to bomb" and "harassment-death threats" against Jeff Erwin of Battle Ground.

Prosecutors allege that sometime between Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, Erwin posted two threats on the school's online messaging service under the names "Suicide Boy" and "Suicidal Terrorist."

"The threats specifically stated that he would kill everyone in the school starting with one of the school staff," according to charging documents filed in Clark County Superior Court.

The threats specifically mentioned Sept. 11 and told officials to "look for bombs," according to court documents.

Erwin was a student at Chief Umtuch Middle School, which was the target of the threats.

KATU is naming the boy because of the seriousness of the charges and the fact that the threats closed down a number of schools.

Four public schools nearby were also closed as a precaution, including Summit View Middle, Captain Strong Primary, CAM Academy and Battle Ground High School.

Detectives got information from the FBI and Vancouver Police Department that led them to the boy.

They seized his computer to examine it further, but police said detectives realized Erwin never had the ability to actually carry out his threats.

Investigators were able to trace the IP address where the online post came from to Erwin's computer, according to court documents.

Police questioned Erwin, whom they said admitted to sending the threats.

On Sept. 11, he was detained but then released back to his parents, who cooperated with police.