Oregon student, 17, held in bomb plot
Six bombs were found in a secret compartment in the home of a 17-year-old who prosecutors say was planning to bomb a high school.
PORTLAND — An Oregon teenager intended to blow up his school in a plot “forged and inspired by the model of the Columbine shootings” and will be charged with attempted aggravated murder, a prosecutor said 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 at 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.
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.”
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 on Tuesday.