Would-Be Teen Bomber: 'Grim Reaper Is Here'
Grant Acord's journal released; mom says mental illness at play
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2013 7:38 AM CDT
This May 24, 2013 photo provided by Benton County District Attorney’s Office shows Grant Alan Acord.   (AP Photo/Benton County DA)

(Newser) – Grant Acord detailed his alleged plot to blow up his Oregon high school in handwritten journals, and the plans were revealed in an affidavit released yesterday. In one, the 17-year-old envisions arriving at the school with loud music blasting from his car. As he threw a napalm firebomb and then started shooting, he planned to announce, "The Russian grim reaper is here," according to the document. In another, Acord wrote that he would "kill myself before SWAT engages me." There's also a list of "Items I'll Take," which includes not just weapons but things like a hammer and sickle baseball cap and a skull and crossbones belt buckle.

The journals also reportedly compare Acord to the Columbine High School shooters, the Oregonian reports; authorities say Acord printed out pages of information about the weapons they used. Acord's mom, Marianne Fox, says he suffers from Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections or PANDAS, a mental illness. According to an author who had written about PANDAS and had spoken with Fox, she was attempting to find a way to get more expensive treatment for Acord. The teen's former stepdad says Acord was also getting therapy and treatment for OCD. (In a statement, Fox called PANDAS "a rare form of OCD," and the Oregonian notes that quite a bit of controversy surrounds the condition.)

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Rational.-Anarchist
May 30, 2013 7:28 AM CDT
So, what we have here is a psycho-sociopath that should have been locked in a rubber room, instead of being allowed to roam around loose. I wonder if there is an possibility of a cure, other than just shooting him.
Vincebus
May 30, 2013 5:24 AM CDT
Wait a minute, hold up! Hmmmm grim reaper, sickle, hammer 'n sickle, Russian flag, I got it! He's a Russian patriot! Now just forward my fee....
toryd
May 29, 2013 5:30 PM CDT
It is just too easy to blame video games for all teen-age violence. There are many factors that cause a kid to get this crazy. We don't know how he was raised, if he was nurtured, or if he simply has anger issues that cannot be resolved. I know too many teenagers who spend a lot of time on video games, play the games together while each at their own homes (don't ask me how they do this, I'm totally video game challenged), for the excitement and fun. And they know it is fantasy! My boy and his friends, now college sophomores, do this a lot; BUT when it is time to do a paper or study for a class, go to work or do chores, they go off the games and take care of business. They also interact socially on weekends, go to plays, movies, etc. First and foremost in raising a stable kid is being a stable parent from the day they are born! Make sure as a parent you have done the very best you can do and don't blame society if the kid goes bad, from mental illness or other causes.