US teen wrote plans for school bomb plot

2013-05-29 11:00
Grant Alan Acord. (Benton County DA/ AP)

Grant Alan Acord. (Benton County DA/ AP)

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Corvallis — An Oregon teen accused of planning an assault on his high school wrote detailed plans to "shoot and throw bombs throughout the school", then kill himself before engaging with responding police officers, according to court documents released on Tuesday.

Police say the plans were written in notebooks that were found hidden beneath the floorboards in the teen's bedroom, along with two pipe bombs, two Molotov cocktails and at least two bombs made with a chemical drain cleaner.

Grant Acord, aged 17, made his first court appearance by video transmission on Tuesday but did not enter a plea on charges that include attempted aggravated murder and six counts each of unlawful possession and manufacture of a destructive device.

Wearing a light-gray sweatshirt and sweatpants with shaggy brown hair covering most of his forehead, Acord said little but replied "yes, your honour" to questions from Judge Matthew Donohue, who set bail at $2m.

Acord's writings included "multiple versions of the plans and diagrams to commit an attack" on West Albany High School, according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Albany Police Detective Mike Wood.

In one, labelled "The (Loosely Stated) 'Plan' AKA Worst case Scenario", the teen lays out an itinerary for an attack: Leave home at 7:30, go to first period, then retreat to the parking lot to prepare.

Columbine copycat

At about 11:10, he would begin blasting music from the car while walking toward the school, a napalm firebomb in one hand and a duffel bag in the other.

"Drop duffel. Light and throw napalm, unzip bag and begin firing," the notebook said. "Cooly state: 'the Russian grim reaper is here'."

The line is apparently a reference to the 2003 film Bad Boys II.

The detective wrote that the notebooks indicate that Acord "compares himself to both Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold", the teenagers who killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 before turning their guns on themselves.

Police said they found printouts of a website listing the weapons used by the shooters at Columbine High School and a list of items to use in an attack.

The prosecutor declined to say whether police found firearms in the home.

No bombs found at school

On Monday, Acord's mother, Marianne Fox, issued a statement through a Corvallis lawyer, Alan Lanker, saying the teenager struggles with a rare form of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

"I grieve for my son, but understand and support the efforts of law enforcement to keep our beloved community safe," the statement said. "This is a challenging and confusing time for everyone who knows Grant."

Stringer, the prosecutor, declined to comment on Tuesday about Acord's mother's statement.

The Associated Press normally doesn't name minors accused of crimes but is doing so in this case because of the seriousness of the allegations and because Acord is being charged as an adult.

No bombs were found during searches of the school, and classes resumed as scheduled on Tuesday.

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