Oregon police say student hatched Columbine-style plot

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, May 27, 2013 13:01 EDT
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17-year-old Grant Acord, charged of plotting a Columbine-style attack on his school. Screenshot via CBS News.
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Oregon police said over the weekend that they stopped a Columbine-style plot against an Albany-area high school, and one student is in custody after authorities claim they found pipe bombs, napalm and other homemade explosives in his home.

Acting on a tip, police searched the home of West Albany High School student Grant Acord on Thursday, according to ABC News. Inside the home, police say they found a secret compartment where he stored six homemade explosive devices and other bomb-making materials.

Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson told CBS News in a segment aired Monday that investigators also found a number of other disturbing items pointing to Acord’s intent.

“A plan,” he said. “Diagrams. Maps of the school. Weapons. Explosives. Checklists.”

Authorities added that Acord was inspired by the mass killing at Columbine High School in Colorado that left 13 dead in 1999. He had no prior disciplinary problems.

Two subsequent searches of the school turned up no explosives.

This video is from CBS News, published Monday May 27, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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