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Grant Acord Update: Ore. teen who allegedly planned school bomb attack called self "Russian grim reaper," court docs say

Grant Accord CBS affiliate KOIN

Grant Acord
CBS affiliate KOIN

(CBS/AP) CORVALLIS, Ore. - An Oregon teen accused of planning an assault on his high school wrote detailed plans to "shoot and throw bombs throughout the school," then kill himself before engaging with responding police officers, according to court documents released Tuesday.

In the plans, Grant Acord, 17, refers to himself as the "Russian grim reaper," according to the documents.

Acord made his first court appearance by video transmission Tuesday but did not enter a plea on charges that include attempted aggravated murder and six counts each of unlawful possession and manufacture of a destructive device.

During the court hearing, Acord said little but replied "yes, your honor" to questions from Judge Matthew Donohue, who set bail at $2 million.

Police say the plans were written in notebooks. The notebooks were found hidden in a secret compartment beneath the floorboards in the teen's bedroom, along with six bombs that included a Molotov cocktail, a napalm bomb and Drano bombs, CBS News senior correspondent John Miller reported Tuesday on CBS this morning.

Acord also had "operational plans" about the attack and floorplans of the school, reported Miller, who said the plan was "certainly well in development."

Acord's writings included "multiple versions of the plans and diagrams to commit an attack" on West Albany High School, according to a probable cause affidavit signed by Albany Police Detective Mike Wood.

In a plan labeled "The (Loosely Stated) `Plan' AKA Worst case Scenario," the teen lays out an itinerary for an attack: Leave home at 7:30, go to first period, then retreat to the parking lot to prepare.

At about 11:10, according to the affidavit, he would begin blasting music from the car while walking toward the school, a napalm firebomb in one hand and a duffel bag in the other.

"Drop duffel. Light and throw napalm, unzip bag and begin firing," the notebook said. "Cooly state: `the Russian grim reaper is here."'

The line is apparently a reference to the 2003 film "Bad Boys II."

According to the documents, the plan went on: "Throw a smoke bomb prior to walking in. Proceed to enter the school, then shoot and throw bombs throughout the school. Kill myself before S.W.A.T. engages me."

The detective wrote that the notebooks indicate that Acord "compares himself to both Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold," the teenagers who killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 before turning their guns on themselves.

Police said they found printouts of a website listing the weapons used by the shooters at Columbine High School and a list of items to use in an attack, including a black trench coat, a belt with skull and crossbones buckle, wool socks, various explosive devices and a propane tank.

Several items were listed on a page titled "I NEED." They include explosive materials, ammunition, a Hi-Point 995 rifle and a Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun.

The prosecutor declined to say whether police found firearms in the home.

On Monday, Acord's mother, Marianne Fox, issued a statement through a Corvallis lawyer, Alan Lanker, saying the teenager struggles with a rare form of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

"I grieve for my son, but understand and support the efforts of law enforcement to keep our beloved community safe," the statement said. "This is a challenging and confusing time for everyone who knows Grant."

The boy lives primarily with Fox, Lanker said.

According to CBS affiliate KOIN, police were tipped off when a mother questioned her son on his unusual behavior, the unidentified boy told her about Acord's plans and the woman called 911.

Students at the school reportedly returned to classes on Thursday. Authorities said there were no further threats.

Acord is being charged as an adult.

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