Classmates: Oregon Teen Talked About Bomb-Making
Acord to be charged as adult over Columbine-style plot
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 28, 2013 3:28 AM CDT
Grant Alan Acord, 17, will be charged as an adult.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – 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."

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May 28, 2013 11:44 AM CDT
I'm sure glad someone called the cops before he got to hurt anyone.
May 28, 2013 10:45 AM CDT
Grant Acord's mother says he has PANDAS, an acute form of OCD caused by strep throat that can sometimes make children violent.
May 28, 2013 9:16 AM CDT
Its scary not just because of him and his plans, but because the others regarded him as just strange, or thought it wasn't a big deal. Better safe than sorry!!! Remember that. If you hear something of that nature then you should tell the authorities so that it can be checked out. Maybe its nothing, but maybe its not. For me at least, the risk of what happens if it isn't nothing outweighs the potential discomforts of being the person who thought there was more than there was