PORTLAND, Ore. -- An Oregon teenager intended to blow up his school in a plot "forged and inspired by the model of the Columbine shootings" and he will be charged with attempted aggravated murder, a prosecutor said late Saturday.
Grant Acord, 17, will be charged as an adult and also faces six counts of manufacturing and possessing a destructive device after investigators found six bombs in a secret compartment in his bedroom, said Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson.
Acord was taken to a juvenile jail Thursday night after police received a tip that the youth was making a bomb to blow up West Albany High School, located about 75 miles south of Portland.
He said Acord had written plans, a checklist and a specific timeline for the attack. The bombs investigators found included pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, a Drano bomb and a napalm bomb, Haroldson said.
Police found no bombs during a search of the high school.
Haroldson declined to provide the specific date Acord allegedly planned to attack the school, but said it would be included in court paperwork to be filed after the Memorial Day weekend.
"That said there were also some indications that it could happen at any time, too," Haroldson said. "So you have - A -the methodical planning and then - B - I suppose he could get really excited about it and go early."
Acord is a junior. Haroldson said he's not aware that the youth had any major problems, such as a suspension, at school.
"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," he said. "And the process will certainly provide for that once he's represented by counsel."
Phone listings did not appear to be available for either of the boy's parents to reach them for comment Saturday.
The Associated Press was not able to determine who would represent the boy in court.
The district attorney said it did not appear the teen was targeting a specific person or group of people. He said Acord will likely be arraigned Tuesday in Benton County Circuit Court in Corvallis.
"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."
r4, maybe he had just reached his limit after years of dealing with the unstable elements in his school. At this point we don't know. Of course he may be just a nut wanting to make big news like the Boston bombers did.
Fuck off dyke at r4. Get raped and die, bitch.
Dikes aren't suppose to be posting here anyway, this is a gay men's site.
If you can show me anywhere that it says gay MEN only, I'll give you 100 billion in cash.
Another angry white male.
If only, r7. I also don't understand why lesbians post here. They aren't wanted.
It's a gay site. Lesbians are just as welcome as gay men. You don't speak for everyone, R10.
R6, nice of you to demonstrate what R4 was saying.
Was he Somalian and upset about peanut butter jelly sandwiches?
R11 i am in agreement. Why cant we all just get along?
gay = lesbian, morons.
gay doesn't only refer to men.
Don't worry - we'll protect you from this terrorist. We've got a drone on the way over to his house right now.
Seriously. Why are there so many idiots who don't understand that "gay" applies to both men and women???
Can you arrest someone for something they're [italic]planning[/italic] to do? I thought it was a keystone of criminal law that police can't arrest someone for making individual threats, that they have to wait until a threatmaker makes good on his threat.
Or is this a Homeland Security issue?
I'm sure finding detailed plans including bombs and maps of the school would have been enough even in the past to get someone on conspiracy charges.
Currently they've enacted laws that cover this sort of situation.
Doug Stanhope on School Shootings
It's only about 5:39, the guy ripping it was wasted.
r17, yes they can, but they need enough evidence to make charges stick. In the case of the Boston Bombers, they waited too long. (They thought they were working for the FBI, but they got double-crossed.)
They can arrest them in the name of public safety, which is now a DHS issue.
I understand that each case is different, especially with teenagers involved. LEOs decide when to move and what to charge them with on a case by case basis.
I wonder if r6 is the troll who is still conducting an unofficial DL survey. Hope you report back to us on your finding about how vile, racist and misogynistic DL posters are.
He was storing about four bombs at his mother's house, under a floorboard. I think that's generally cause for arrest, although presumably there are some anti-bomb control people in Texas or someplace who would disagree ("Them's my rights!" etc.).
R11 was me and I'm not R6 or R10. Nor am I vile.
Six kinds of explosives. They don't say how many of each. I may just be six but it sounds like more because they say pipe bombs, drano bombs, napalm etc.
R25, did you miss the colon after the "R11" in R21's post?
Yes I did. My apologies R21. I'm putting on my glasses as I type.