Oregon HS resumes Tuesday with extra police after bomb threat

Print
Email
|

by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 5:20 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 10:23 AM

ALBANY, Ore. -- Classes will resume at West Albany High School Tuesday morning with extra police on hand after a student's plan to detonate bombs in the school was revealed Thursday.

Police arrested 17-year-old Grant Acord Thursday on attempted murder charges. Investigators found pipe bombs, napalm, a 'Drano bomb,' Molotov Cocktails, and other evidence indicating Acord planned a "Columbine-style" massacre, said Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson.

Police said they received a tip about Acord's plan and had no prior contact with him or concerns that he might be dangerous.

Background: Albany student planned Columbine-style attack, DA says

Monday evening, Acord's mother, Marianne Fox, released a statement though a family attorney.

"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."

The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation website says "PANDAS" is short for "Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus." Two of the possible symptoms are sudden unexplainable rages and personality changes.

During a press conference Monday afternoon officials announced that all three Albany School District school resource officers would be available at West Albany High School Tuesday to speak with students who either don't feel safe returning to school or have anything else to share about the incident or the suspect.

Officers from the Albany Police Department also planned to patrol the school Tuesday.

School district superintendent Maria Delapoer released a statement Monday assuring parents and students that the school was safe.

"It is my understanding that this search was undertaken as a precautionary measure even though no information suggested the presence of any dangerous devices at the school," the statement read. "I am pleased to report, as already shared by the media, that nothing suspicious was found and the school is safe."

Click to read the rest of Delapoer's statement

Acord will be charged with six counts of manufacturing a destructive device, six counts of possessing completed destructive devices, six counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and attempted aggravated murder, Haroldson said.

Police Friday said they had safely removed all explosive devices from Acord's home. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. Anyone with further information was asked to call Albany police at (541) 917-7686.

Acord's mother released a statement.  Marianne Fox said, "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."

---

KGW's policy is to not name juveniles. But because the district attorney is on record saying he plans to charge Acord as an adult, and the serious nature of the accusations, KGW is releasing his name.

Print
Email
|