A self-proclaimed “white supremacist” teenager is being charged with attempted assault after he planned an attack against an Alabama high school…just three days after the Newtown, Conn. shooting.
Dere Shrout, 17, is being accused of planning to attack six students and a teacher at Russell County High School with small homemade explosives. His bail, which authorities said his family posted, was set at $75,000. The judge has ordered him not to contact any staffers or students at the school.
The ordeal began when a teacher at the school found Shrout’s journal, which described what weapons he would use and exactly what students he would harm in detail. The teacher handed the journal over to authorities.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor says that he believed the shooting in Newtown was a factor in Shrout’s planned attack.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor told The Associated Press he believed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a factor because the first date in the boy’s journal describing the plan was Dec. 17.
Taylor also backed up claims that the teen was a racist.
Taylor said the boy told investigators he’s a white supremacist and five of the six students he named in his journal are black.
The defense attorney in the case contends that his client did not intend to harm anyone and that the allegations are being “blown out of proportion.”
But a search of the boy’s home revealed otherwise.
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 all they needed were black powder and fuses to become explosives. The journal also allegedly mentioned using firearms. The sheriff said Shrout’s father owned a few household weapons, like a hunting rifle, a shotgun and a handgun.
“He just talks about some students, he specifically named six students and one faculty member and he talked about weapons and the amounts of ammunition for each weapon that he would use if he attacked the school,” Taylor said.
Blown out of proportion? Not only was that the wrong choice of words, but how can the defense say that no harm was intended when a stockpile of weapons was found?
SOURCE: NY Post
VIDEO SOURCE: CNN