Alabama Teen Accused of Terrorist Attack Plot on School


By Ellis Eskew

An Alabama teen is now on house arrest after being accused of plotting a terrorist attack against his school.


According to police, he is a self-proclaimed white supremacist who wanted to commit hate crimes at Russell County High School with homemade explosives.


"The journal contained several plans that looked like potential terrorist attacks, and attacks of violence and danger on the school. And in particular, there were six students specifically named, and one teacher," said Russell Co. Sheriff Heath Taylor. 

After the teacher who found his journal notified authorities, police searched Shrout's home and found dozens of tobacco containers filled with shrapnel and holes drilled for fuses. Police say he had plans to turn them into live grenades.

Fellow students at Russell County High School are shocked.

"I mean it's crazy," said student Quintin Hobbs. "I never thought something like that could happen at Russell County, I just thought that was something that happens everywhere else. It's crazy, you've got to worry about it still because maybe he has friends that were wanting to do it. You never know."

"Man he could have got me in school if he wanted to. He could have got the whole school, just got all of us at once if he really wanted to," said student Javon Rogers. 

Shrout appeared in court, charged as an adult for attempted assault and pled not guilty.

His attorney says the journal entries were all just blown out of proportion.

"I believe he had no intentions, after talking to my client, of intending to hurt anyone. I think this might have been blown a little bit out of proportion in light of what happened in Newtown, Conn. And of course everyone in our nation is on edge about that kind of thing," said Defense Attorney Jeremy Armstrong.

Handcuffed and guarded on both sides, 17-year-old Derek Shrout appeared in court Monday.

Officials say the earliest entries in the journal were written three days after the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. They believe shrout learned to make the explosives through internet research.

Shrout posted bond Monday.The judge ordered Shrout not to contact anyone at the school or use the Internet without supervision.


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