Alabama Teen Nabbed in High School Bomb Plot
Derek Shrout reportedly named teacher, 6 students as targets
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 7, 2013 8:33 AM CST
A teen has been charged with plotting to bomb his school.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A 17-year-old planned to bomb his Alabama high school, police say, but his plot was foiled after a teacher found his detail-filled journal. Derek Shrout reportedly left the diary in her classroom; while flipping through it in search of a name, she noticed plans for an attack that mentioned six students and a teacher, reports the Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Ga. Shrout had "obviously put a lot of thought into the plan," says the local police chief. Though Shrout claimed the writing was fictional, a search of his house turned up the makings of explosives.

Police found several dozen cans holding pellets and drilled with holes. Two big cans were labeled "Little Boy" and "Fat Man," a nod to the code names for the atomic bombs used on Japan in World War II. Authorities didn't turn up a few key bomb ingredients, but the cans were "a step or two away from being ready to explode," the chief says, and officials noted that Shrout described himself as a white supremacist. Added the chief: "He has a lot of pent up anger toward blacks. The system worked and thank God it did. We avoided a very bad situation." He is set to face a charge of attempted assault in court today.

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Jan 7, 2013 4:05 PM CST
Derek Shrout, right wing CULTURE WARRIOR Here, conservatives, is your young martyr in your imagined culture war.
Jan 7, 2013 3:33 PM CST
Obviously a cry for help. Who would "accidently" leave a journal like that for their teacher to see? Pretty over-dramatic and he will get into way more trouble than he thinks he will, but I have to commend him for making it a forgone conclusion that he will be caught before he has to carry out his plan.
Jan 7, 2013 1:27 PM CST
"The system worked and thank God it did" - Which system is that? The one in which the future assailant leaves their plans somewhere and they accidentally get discovered? Gosh. Why wasn't this system in place before 9/11?