Oregon Teen Planned to Bomb School

 

Planned School bombingGrant Acord, age 17, is in jail facing charges of ‘attempted aggravated murder’.  Prosecutors believe he was planning to place bombs in his high school.

Thursday, authorities received a tip that Acord was building a bomb, and was planning to attack West Albany High School, which is seventy five miles south of Portland, Oregon.  After searching his home, they found pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, a Drano bomb and a napalm bomb, a total of six devices.  He is charged with six counts of manufacturing and possessing a destructive device.  The high school was also carefully searched and no devices were discovered.

He was taken to juvenile hall Thursday evening, but will be tried as an adult.

Authorities found written plans, a checklist, as well as a specific time line for the attack.  Police declined to give specific details, but said they will be included when written charges are filed at the end of the Memorial Day weekend.

“That said there were also some indications that it could happen at any time, too,” Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson said. “So you have – A -the methodical planning and then – B – I suppose he could get really excited about it and go early.”

Haroldson said Acord’s intent was “forged and inspired by the model of the Columbine shootings.”

At this time it is unknown if Acord had problems in school which might have given him the motivation to plan such an attack.

“In any case that you have a young person that in essence plans to take a video game approach to killing people at school, you have to take a close look at the mental health issues,” Haroldson said. “And the process will certainly provide for that once he’s represented by counsel.”

It is unknown at this time if the family has an attorney, or if one will be appointed for him.  He will be arraigned in circuit court on Tuesday.

“I can’t say enough about how lucky we are that there was an intervention,” the district attorney said. “When I look at the evidence in the case, I shudder to think of what could have happened here.”

James Turnage

The Guardian Express

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