Grant Acord is the 17-year-old Oregon boy accused of plotting to attack his high school with homemade bombs in a massacre that would rival the Columbine tragedy.
According to court docs, he planned to enter the school and say “the Russian Grim Reaper is here!” before launching a napalm firebomb.
Here’s what you should know about Acord and the shocking allegations against him.
Court docs: Grant Acord’s HS bomb plot reads: “Shoot and throw bombs throughout the school. Kill myself before S.W.A.T engages me.” @koinnew
— Brent Weisberg (@BrentKOIN) May 28, 2013
1. Acord Wanted to Outdo the Columbine Massacre
Just as Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had done in their attacks in Columbine, Grant Acord had diagrams of his school, photos, and a checklist. His goal was to recreate the carnage of the Columbine attack on his own school, West Albany High. In the 1999 attack on Columbine in Littlerock, Colorado, where 21 students were injured and 13 students were killed, the two students who carried out the acts against the school were meticulous about every detail.
Court docs: Grant Acord looked at himself like Eric Harris & Dylan Klebod – who 12 students at Columbine HS @koinnews
— Brent Weisberg (@BrentKOIN) May 28, 2013
2. Six Explosives Were Found Under Floorboards at His Home
After searching through Acord’s home, which is owned by his mother, authorities ultimately arrested the teen for being in possession of pipebombs, Molotov cocktails, a Drano bomb, and a Napalm bomb that he hid under a rug and floorboards in his room. He is charged in total with 19 counts including aggravated murder.
3. He Was Arraingned in Court Today
Acord is being charged with one count of aggravated attempted murder and six counts each of manufacturing a destructive device, possession of a destructive device and possession of a weapon with intent to use it against another person. He will be tried as an adult even though he is a minor.
4. His Family Says He Suffers From a Rare Mental Disorder
CNN reports Acord’s parents are claiming he suffers from a rare form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, called PANDAS — pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcus bacteria (strep throat).
The mom’s attorney, Alan Lanker, said:
He’s very mentally ill. He has PANDAS. It’s a brain infection that’s causing a mental illness. It’s been their concern for some time.
But according to policymic.com, Acord did not have any history of violence or trouble at school, which would make it easier for lawyers to argue a mental health defense.
His mother released a statement saying:
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.
5. He Talked With His Peers About His Bombs
“He was just, just kind of randomly came up to us and started talking about the different materials that you need to make a bomb,” Thomas Stone told KATU.com.
6. A Fellow Student Tipped Off the Cops
According to a statement from West Albany High Principal Susie Orsborn, a fellow student and his family “did the right thing” and alerted the authorities:
Thanks to the heroic actions of a student and their family, we were all saved from a potential tragedy. Again, thanks to their fortitude and diligence we are all safe. I cannot thank the individual and their family enough for doing the right thing and contacting the Albany Police Department.
7. The High School Was Searched but Nothing Was Found
Since there was no timeline of when these attacks were supposed to be carried out, bomb squad and police searched through the school for any possible trace of bombs, but found nothing.
8. Police Said it Was Driven by Mission and Not by Emotion
District Attorney John Haroldson said he did not know of the suspect being bullied, and one student said he “seemed like a pretty nice guy,” according KATU.
9. The DA Shuttered to Think What Would Have Happened
The District Attorney for Benson County said, “How lucky we are that there was an intervention … When I look at the evidence in the case, I shudder to think of what could have happened here,” reported policymic.com.
10. His Bail Was Set at $2 Million
Acord appeared in court today in Benton County Circuit Court in Corvallis, Oregon, where he did not enter a plea and his bail was set at $2 million by Benton County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Donohue. His next court date is set for June 4.
Should he be released, Acord would be subject to 24 hour supervision and forbidden from interacting with any students or staff from West Albany High School.