17 Year Old Oregon Boy Grant Acord Accused of Attempted Murder in Plot to Set off Bombs at West Albany High School
17 year old Grant Acord was arrested Thursday and accused of plotting a school bomb attack “specifically modeled” after the Columbine shooting. According to Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson, “the student at West Albany High School allegedly hid at least six bombs and bomb-making material in a secret compartment under the floor of his bedroom”. Grant Acord was arrested at his home on two counts of possession of a destructive device and two counts of manufacture of a destructive device. The DA also said that Acord, a juvenile, will be charged “as an adult with attempted aggravated murder.” Acord will also face bomb-making charges and “unlawful possession of a deadly weapon with intent to use against another person.” Acord is expected to be in court on Tuesday.
But Haroldson said today that Acord will be charged with aggravated murder in adult court. He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Benton County Circuit Court, the prosecutor said.
“The charge of attempted aggravated murder requires that we prove that a substantial step was taken toward the completion of the crime,” he said. “In this case, we would be relying upon evidence of plan. Diagrams, checklists, a plan to use explosive devices and firearms to carry out a plan specifically modeled after the Columbine shootings.”
Once again we are witness to an example where the dismantling of the Second Amendment would have not prevented this crime from potentially happening. The sick individual who killed innocent adults and children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT used guns, but if an individual is hell-bent on destruction and death, they will find any method possible. Are democrats going to ban pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, napalm bombs and explosives made from drain cleaner? Oh that’s right, they already are.
Sniffer dogs will search an Oregon high school for explosives before students return from the Memorial Day weekend, because one of their classmates was planning to attack them with bombs, police said.
The 1999 shooting spree at Colorado’s Columbine High School served as Grant Acord’s benchmark and inspiration, Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson said. But the prosecutor said the teen wanted to top Columbine in a planned attack at West Albany High School.
With the help of explosive devices, checklists and diagrams, Acord’s “goal was to model the Columbine shootings with some adjustments that would make it a greater success,” Haroldson said.
The prosecutor said police found six types of explosives in the 17-year-old’s possession after they arrested him Thursday night at his mother’s house in Albany, Oregon.
The bombs included pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, napalm bombs and explosives made from drain cleaner.