Bombs in a teen’s bedroom along with “plans, checklists, diagrams, inspirations, sources and a focus on recreating the model of Columbine, with adjustments that would make it more successful,” were found in a 17-year-old West Albany High School student’s bedroom reported Fox 12 Oregon on May 25, 2013.
The 17-year-old teen’s planned West Albany High School attack was foiled when someone tipped off the local police in Albany in Oregon that the teen had bombs in his bedroom and that he targeted his high school.
While the specific timeline of the attack is known to the police, since it is part of the evidence in the case, it has not been made public. Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson commented that “police found a timeline that included a specific date for the alleged attack to take place.”
According to John Haroldson, officers found at least six already-built bombs including pipe bombs, a napalm bomb, Molotov cocktails and a bomb made with drain cleaner and bomb-making materials under the floorboards of the teen’s bedroom at his mother’s house.
On Thursday, just before 10:30 p.m., 17-year-old Grant Acord was taken into custody at his father’s home on Northwest Violet Street.
On Friday, the Oregon State Police’s explosive unit removed the materials from the mother’s house after a search warrant had been obtained for the home. West Albany High School was swept twice as a precaution, but nothing suspicious was found.
On Saturday, District Attorney John Haroldson said publicly that the teen’s attack plan was patterned after the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999.
Since Monday is Memorial Day, 17-year-old Grant Acord will be arraigned on Tuesday in Benton County Circuit Court. He will be charged as an adult and he is facing charges of manufacturing and possessing a destructive device, unlawful possession of a weapon with intent to use against another person, and attempted aggravated murder.
“Prosecutors said he had a well thought out plan that included a date.”
In regard to the teen’s motive, authorities have not released any information about why a 17-year-old would plan to carry out a deadly assault on his school.
In regard to the teen’s classmates, most West Albany High School students are shocked about the teen having bombs in his bedroom and having planned an attack on their school. One senior said about Grant Acord, “I’d say ‘hi’ to him in the hallway because I was kind of like I should probably talk to this kid, make sure he feels OK. So, I talked to him sometimes, and he seems like a pretty nice guy.”