A 17-year-old boy who police said planned a Columbine-style attack at West Albany High School will be arraigned Tuesday on a long list of charges, including attempted aggravated murder.
Grant Acord, who is accused of hiding at least six homemade bombs and bomb-making materials in a secret compartment in his bedroom at his mother's home, will be charged as an adult.
Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson said the bombs found at the home on Raymond Court in Albany included pipe bombs, a napalm bomb, Drano bombs and Molotov cocktails.
Haroldson said Acord had a focus on "recreating the model of Columbine, with adjustments that would make it more successful."
The Columbine High School massacre in 1999 left 13 dead. The two senior students who carried out the attack then committed suicide.
"The charge of attempted aggravated murder requires that we prove the accused took a substantial step towards the completion of the crime. That includes preparation. That includes a written plan. That includes a diagram of the school. That includes all sorts of checklists, including a list of items needed to execute this. And a timeline, including a specific date when the person was planning to carry out this offense," Haroldson said.
Police arrested Acord on Thursday night at his father's home on Northwest Violet Street.
Prosecutors said they haven't identified a clear motive for the plot.
Albany Police Sgt. Alan Lynn praised the person who tipped off police to the plot.
"These things never occur in vacuums. Kids knew what was going on and we're learning that as we go along. Luckily, in this incident, someone had the courage to come forward and say, 'This is what I know.' And because of that info, we were able to stop a horrific event occurring in our community," Lynn said.
The court may release documents regarding the case Tuesday when Acord appears in a courtroom.
Students at West Albany High School are stunned by the allegations against the teen.
"I'm just shocked because you hear about it at other schools and other places around the world, but you never really think it's going to happen," said high school junior Keagan Boggs.
"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," said senior Dennis Reilly. "So, I talked to him sometimes, and he seems like a pretty nice guy."
In a statement issued to FOX 12, Acord's mother Marianne Fox said:
"My heart goes out to everyone affected by Grant's struggle with PANDAS, a rare form of OCD. I grieve for my son, but understand and support the efforts of law enforcement to keep our beloved community safe.
This is a challenging and confusing time for everyone who knows Grant. I will have no further comment while I wait with the rest of you to see what unfolds."
All three school resource officers from the Albany Police Department will be at West Albany High School on Tuesday.
There will be school assemblies to discuss what has happened so far and what is being done to ensure the school is safe, police said.
In addition, all Albany patrol officers on duty will be assigned to patrol around schools in the district, from now until the end of the school year.
Police conducted a thorough search of the school grounds last Friday, and they said it turned up nothing unusual.
"I've been doing this job for a while. And this was probably the scariest moment I've ever had as a school resource officer," Lynn said. "I'm very happy that person came forward and stopped what (could've) happened."
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