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US school attack foiled

2013-05-26 08:44

Portland - A US teenager who intended to blow up his school will be charged with attempted aggravated murder after six bombs were found in his bedroom, a prosecutor said late on Saturday.

Grant Acord, 17, planned to attack his school in Oregon in a plot "forged and inspired" by a 1999 mass shooting at a high school in Columbine, Colorado, said Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson.

Acord will be charged as an adult and also faces six counts of manufacturing and possessing a destructive device after investigators found the six bombs in a secret compartment in his bedroom, Haroldson said.

Acord was taken to a juvenile jail on Thursday night after police received a tip that the youth was making a bomb to blow up West Albany High School.

Haroldson 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, he said.

Police found no bombs during a search of the high school.

Lucky

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 weekend.

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 on Saturday.

The district attorney said it did not appear the teenager was targeting a specific person or group of people. He said Acord will likely be arraigned 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."

Comments
  • Mandingo Queen - 2013-05-26 09:00

    "charged with attempted aggravated murder" Why is he not being charged with terrorism!

      Wonder Mlandzeni Ka Ntila - 2013-05-26 09:11

      Because he is not Muslim I suppose....

      Wonder Mlandzeni Ka Ntila - 2013-05-26 09:11

      Because he is not Muslim I suppose....

      Themba Mazibuko - 2013-05-26 09:16

      Perhaps because he did not have nationalist or religious motives ?!?

      Themba Mazibuko - 2013-05-26 09:16

      Perhaps because he did not have nationalist or religious motives ?!?

      Mandingo Queen - 2013-05-26 09:39

      The FBI defines international terrorism as "the unlawful use of force or violence committed by a group or individual, who has some connection to a foreign power or whose activities transcend national boundaries, against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives." Based on the definition above, this young man did have some social objective that he wanted to further. There are over 100 attempts at a scholarly definition of 'Terrorism' and no academic consensus yet. That means that there is no useful definition. It would be great if people could be more aware of this, that the term 'Terrorism', devoid of any meaningful definition is a political tool only. It is often simply a way of asserting and legitimising the imbalance between rulers and ruled. As currently used it often means little more than enemies we do not like.

      Mandingo Queen - 2013-05-26 09:39

      The FBI defines international terrorism as "the unlawful use of force or violence committed by a group or individual, who has some connection to a foreign power or whose activities transcend national boundaries, against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives." Based on the definition above, this young man did have some social objective that he wanted to further. There are over 100 attempts at a scholarly definition of 'Terrorism' and no academic consensus yet. That means that there is no useful definition. It would be great if people could be more aware of this, that the term 'Terrorism', devoid of any meaningful definition is a political tool only. It is often simply a way of asserting and legitimising the imbalance between rulers and ruled. As currently used it often means little more than enemies we do not like.

      yakoobm - 2013-05-26 11:48

      Wonder Mlandzeni Ka Ntila - I agree and add that because he most probably is an American Christian.

      yakoobm - 2013-05-26 11:48

      Wonder Mlandzeni Ka Ntila - I agree and add that because he most probably is an American Christian.

  • Xenswim1 - 2013-05-26 09:01

    When will people realise that some kids cannot tell the difference between reality and what they play in vidoe games. The way I see it if the lawmakers can force me to go through invasive testing and breach my freedom just to travel from on country to another on an airplane because of a minority of warped A-holes then they can do the same with waton viloent gaming. These warped kids need santitised input. Then we need to take a long hard look at the parenting skills. Too often we only get the presses opinion of an "ordinary middle class upbringing". That nuturing could not possibly be ordinary if the child does this sort of thing.

      Mandingo Queen - 2013-05-26 09:32

      Too much freedom is not good for anyone!

      Mandingo Queen - 2013-05-26 09:32

      Too much freedom is not good for anyone!

      Wesley Fick - 2013-05-26 11:44

      Games are not the problem here, and neither was it mentioned anywhere that he plays video games. His mental state is more likely the result of abuse, a broken home enviromnment or mental instability, as well as a host of other possible factors incliding poor parenting and bullying at school. These kids know that games are virtual reality, but some will act out the characters that they like. Very rarely do they actually use what they did in a simulation to carry out violence in real life. Also, don't give the lawmakers the bright idea of sanitising our games because there's a chance that someone will be inspired by what they do in it and actually try them out. I'm perfectly happy with the way God Of War, Crysis and Borderlands portray violence, thank you. We've gotten rid of Jack Thompson, we don't need the world coming down on an entire, lucrative billion-Dollar industry that funds my favourite hobby.

      Wesley Fick - 2013-05-26 11:44

      Games are not the problem here, and neither was it mentioned anywhere that he plays video games. His mental state is more likely the result of abuse, a broken home enviromnment or mental instability, as well as a host of other possible factors incliding poor parenting and bullying at school. These kids know that games are virtual reality, but some will act out the characters that they like. Very rarely do they actually use what they did in a simulation to carry out violence in real life. Also, don't give the lawmakers the bright idea of sanitising our games because there's a chance that someone will be inspired by what they do in it and actually try them out. I'm perfectly happy with the way God Of War, Crysis and Borderlands portray violence, thank you. We've gotten rid of Jack Thompson, we don't need the world coming down on an entire, lucrative billion-Dollar industry that funds my favourite hobby.

  • Washington Wachira - 2013-05-26 09:25

    A person comes from a terrible background of poverty, pain, gangsterism and all of it cyclical at that. They perhaps have their own mental health issues. They commit a crime. Their book and charged as simple as that. A boy like this (probably) comes from a nice middle class home. He has mental health issues. He plans to blow up a school - where are the calls for him to be booked? People aren't calling people like him animals or 'backward' or anything. I don't excuse either of these two people. But it's really sad that double standard we have.

      Jane Longmuir - 2013-05-26 09:55

      He should and will be charged. I guess the difference is that fortunately he did not succeed, if he had, you would have seen a whole different response.

      Jane Longmuir - 2013-05-26 09:55

      He should and will be charged. I guess the difference is that fortunately he did not succeed, if he had, you would have seen a whole different response.

      Washington Wachira - 2013-05-26 17:49

      Ah yes of course, I was wrong to imply that he isn't receiving harsh treatment. I'm just wondering where we ought to draw the line between being excused by mental illness and making a decision to hurt people.

  • Denelene Sederstroom - 2013-05-26 09:49

    Is not act of terrorism! Becoz the time of his plans he didnt wear the name of Allah.GOD FORBID.

  • Azande Futhi - 2013-05-26 09:50

    Its US against the world. I wonder why these kids all of a sudden take it to themselves to fight US.

      Mandingo Queen - 2013-05-26 09:57

      Psychotic drugs!

      Mandingo Queen - 2013-05-26 09:57

      Psychotic drugs!

  • Nurse Helenk - 2013-05-26 10:15

    Wow where do you buy napalm from? Walmart?

      Mike Mcc - 2013-05-26 11:33

      You make it with freely available compounds.

      Mike Mcc - 2013-05-26 11:33

      You make it with freely available compounds.

  • En Gineer - 2013-05-26 10:26

    If Grant was Muslim he would have been charged with some terrorism law. I guess white boys can't be terrorists.

      Mandingo Queen - 2013-05-26 11:09

      It's a deliberate political strategy because the powers that be have created a madman scenario of what a terrorist is. A terrorist is supposed to be brown-skinned person, of Middle Eastern descent. If they started labelling blue eyed Aryans as terrorists, that defeats the whole purpose of the alien bogeyman scenario "who hates our freedoms and way of life"! It's political application is similar to the words "regime", "strong man", "Assad forces", etc.

      Mandingo Queen - 2013-05-26 11:09

      It's a deliberate political strategy because the powers that be have created a madman scenario of what a terrorist is. A terrorist is supposed to be brown-skinned person, of Middle Eastern descent. If they started labelling blue eyed Aryans as terrorists, that defeats the whole purpose of the alien bogeyman scenario "who hates our freedoms and way of life"! It's political application is similar to the words "regime", "strong man", "Assad forces", etc.

      Cane Corso - 2013-05-26 12:41

      Nope. White boys are 'freedom fighters'.

      Kadesh Barnea - 2013-05-26 13:36

      Oh get a life. He would have been (may even still be) charged with terrorism should they have found (or still find) a motive that indicates this.

      En Gineer - 2013-05-26 13:57

      Motive that indicates what? Look up the definition of terrorism in the dictionary. This boy was planning to carry out an act of terror. But because he's white, they'll go through as many other avenues as possible before calling him a terrorist. They'll say he has mental health issues, drug issues etc etc. It's a fact that if he was a Muslim boy the press and even the authorities would be throwing around the word terrorism. possible links to terror groups, terrorist plot....come on, we've heard it all before.

  • Denelene Sederstroom - 2013-05-26 10:32

    I read another story on bbc which says,the soldier was knifed in paris he is still alive.They said they are suspecting a man from north africa who is on the run.they wil take the matter as a terrorist.in Uk as well those men are muslims from nigeria as their origin.in America now that suspect is an american but they find with him bombs,but the matter is not taken as aterrorist.can u tell me what is terrorism?is it only muslims entitled to be terrorists.

      Mandingo Queen - 2013-05-26 10:51

      "can u tell me what is terrorism?" "Terrorism" is a word used and abused by morons like Blair, Bush, Netayahoo, to appeal to other morons; it's a word intended and calculated to suppress any discussion of why something is happening, a label to be pinned on anything of this ilk that any government anywhere happens to dislike, and one by now totally debased by decades of misuse by all and sundry.

      Mandingo Queen - 2013-05-26 10:51

      "can u tell me what is terrorism?" "Terrorism" is a word used and abused by morons like Blair, Bush, Netayahoo, to appeal to other morons; it's a word intended and calculated to suppress any discussion of why something is happening, a label to be pinned on anything of this ilk that any government anywhere happens to dislike, and one by now totally debased by decades of misuse by all and sundry.

      Themba Mazibuko - 2013-05-26 11:12

      I agree , as far as I understand the words “War on Terror” were changed from “war on Islamofascism” when the world trade centers were destroyed to appease the Saudis which were insulted by the words islamofascism. This has has made the words meaningless and confusing . It has also removed the the definition of the enemy - what/who is included in this “war on terror” ??

      Themba Mazibuko - 2013-05-26 11:12

      I agree , as far as I understand the words “War on Terror” were changed from “war on Islamofascism” when the world trade centers were destroyed to appease the Saudis which were insulted by the words islamofascism. This has has made the words meaningless and confusing . It has also removed the the definition of the enemy - what/who is included in this “war on terror” ??

      Mandingo Queen - 2013-05-26 17:18

      No wonder the Saudis felt insulted, they are the biggest fascists when it comes to the Islamic religion.

  • mark.pienaar.18 - 2013-05-26 10:52

    Video game approach? Why not movie approach or action tv approach?

  • Abe Sheldon - 2013-05-26 11:11

    Why is no one looking at the mental state of the school kids, he might have been an outsider and have been bullied for a long time, i hate seeing movies like that coming from america. Now they are rather lokking at his mental stage. And they are surprisedamerican school kids are bullies of the worst kind, but then they are all shocked and crying when they get shot and maimed, and we must feel sorry for them f&@ them

      Mandingo Queen - 2013-05-26 11:30

      We're talking about kids from a country that's been bullying people and murdering them around the globe for the past sixty years. The problem with the American kids visa vi violence, they seem to be under the impression that it is a Hollywood movie and all the dead will get up and walk away. They have been so brainwashed by militarism as to be like cabbages. They are so brain-dead, they will just keep playing their violent video games and hope they can get the next drone operator position.

      Mandingo Queen - 2013-05-26 11:30

      We're talking about kids from a country that's been bullying people and murdering them around the globe for the past sixty years. The problem with the American kids visa vi violence, they seem to be under the impression that it is a Hollywood movie and all the dead will get up and walk away. They have been so brainwashed by militarism as to be like cabbages. They are so brain-dead, they will just keep playing their violent video games and hope they can get the next drone operator position.

  • Ferdi Turdburglar - 2013-05-26 11:25

    guess they couldn't resist blaming video games. Don't forget, marilyn manson is also the cause of school shootings.

  • Abner M. Mophethe - 2013-05-26 11:25

    america created the type of kids we read about everyday

  • Anneline Etienne Gouws - 2013-05-26 11:59

    No discipline in any household cause we are too scared to discipline our children... Human rights for one taking away the human rights of many! :(

  • Reza Ryklief - 2013-05-26 12:20

    Absolute rubbish! Yet another false flag, I say. I don't believe this for a second; all these suspicious cases of domestic terrorism in recent months. Every one of them designed to create fear amongst the American public and encourage them to support new laws, which further jeopardize their civil liberties. Total Malarkey! Don't believe it.

  • Marius Cromhout - 2013-05-26 13:01

    Abner M Mopbetha you are 1000000% thats wat you get when you dont have diciplne

  • Rouen Heiberg - 2013-05-26 13:47

    WHAT?!...no guns?? No death ray gazillion bullets per second firing tactical looking assault rifle that kills all by itself but homemade bombs from everyday objects....NEVER!!! I say ban all draincleaner, diesel, fertilizer, chlorine, brakefluid, nails, gasoline, PVC pipes....ag sommer ban farming as a whole while we are at it.

  • Rashida Patel - 2013-05-26 15:32

    Curious ...was he a cristian terrorist or jewish terrorist ? Bcos definately if muslim it would be stated ! Double standards

      Jakobus Van Blerk - 2013-05-27 07:30

      Dont think its a religious motive. But radical extremists have been known to use kids to do the dirty work.

  • Marlo Broadus - 2013-05-27 11:34

    The only thing about this that makes me upset is that the lousy coppers foiled him before he could pull of his hilarious plan. To be fair he was probably bullied. The school had it coming.

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