Alabama Teen Accused of Plotting to Bomb Classmates

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

SEALE, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama sheriff says a teen who described himself as a white supremacist made journal entries about a plot to bomb classmates three days after the Newtown school massacre.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor tells The Associated Press that he believes the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a factor because the first date in the boy's journal describing the plan was Dec. 17: three days after the Connecticut killings.

Authorities say 17-year-old Derek Shrout faces an attempted assault charge after authorities say he planned to use homemade explosives to attack fellow students at Russell County High School.

Taylor said the boy told investigators that he's a white supremacist and five of the six students he named in his journal are black.


Associated Press Release

SEALE, Ala. (AP) -- An eastern Alabama high school student faces an attempted assault charge after authorities say he planned to use homemade explosives in a terrorist attack on fellow students at his school.

Authorities say 17-year-old Derek Shrout, a student at Russell County High School in Seale, is to appear at a Monday afternoon court hearing in Russell County.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor tells the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (http://bit.ly/13aWRiq) that a search of Shrout's home found several small tobacco cans and two large cans, all with holes drilled in them and containing pellets. Taylor said other ingredients to complete the small bombs -- such as black powder, butane and fuses -- were not found.

The sheriff said the devices were just "a step or two away from being ready to explode."


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