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Ala. teen accused of plotting to bomb classmates

SEALE, Ala. — 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.

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

Shrout was apprehended after a journal was found by a teacher and turned over to authorities, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said.

"The journal contained several plans that looked like potential terrorist attacks, and attacks of violence and danger on the school," Taylor told WTVM-TV. "And in particular, there were six students specifically named, and one teacher."

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 told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

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

Taylor praised the efforts of school officials and others.

"The system worked and thank God, it did," he said. "We avoided a very bad situation."

Seale is about 80 miles east of Montgomery.

Comments

Cartman 1 year, 10 months ago

How many lives must be threatened? When will we have the courage to ban high-capacity metal cans?

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URWrongAgain 1 year, 10 months ago

And the list of stupid things said by gun rights advocates grows longer.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

The longing of Second Amendment Adversaries and Gun Rights Opponents grow stupider.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

Hmmmm....What do you know? No guns involved. Just think, if we took away all guns, he wouldn't have been a threat with his homemade bomb.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

VSU......those of us with half a Brain understand that what really needs to be outlawed is Liberal, Progressive, Communistic, and Socialist thinking. If that could be done, then people like URWrongAgain would be locked up for life.

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