UPDATE: Bond Set at $75K for Teen Accused in School Terror Plot

By: associated press
By: associated press

UPDATE

SEALE, Ala. (AP) -- A judge has set bond at $75,000 for an Alabama teenager accused of planning to attack classmates and a teacher.

Seventeen-year-old Derek Shrout appeared in court Monday on a charge of attempted assault.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor says the teen was arrested after a teacher found a journal that appeared to describe the plot. He says the teen told investigators that he was a white supremacist and most of the alleged targets he named were black.

Shrout, who is thin and wears glasses, did not speak during the hearing. His attorney and family said they planned to post bond by the end of the day.

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

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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 WTVM-TV that a journal found by a teacher and turned over to authorities outlined the plans and named six students and one teacher.

Taylor tells the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 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 the devices were just "a step or two away from being ready to explode."

AP-WF-01-07-13 1358GMT


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