Classmates of an Oregon teenager accused of planning to blow up his high school say the 17-year-old discussed bomb-making in the weeks before his arrest, but did not speak of a plot to inflict damage. One classmate says Grant Acord discussed bomb-making materials with him in class a couple of weeks ago. "You know, I didn't think much of it, 'cause he's kind of a strange kid," he says. "So I wasn't surprised he had some strange hobbies, you know?" Says another student, "It wasn't like, 'Oh, I'm making bombs. I'm gonna blow stuff up.' " Acord, however, was arrested after police received a tip that he was making a bomb.
Acord will be charged as an adult with attempted aggravated murder. The local district attorney says the alleged plot was "forged and inspired" by the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. No bombs were found during searches of West Albany High School, and classes will resume as scheduled today. "I have been advised that none of the evidence developed thus far suggests any broader conspiracy or involvement by any other persons," says the school's superintendent. "The bottom line is that the school is safe."