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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:14 PM

Sheriff: Alabama bomb plot student may have been influenced by Newtown

Source: Yahoo News

A 17-year-old Alabama high school student accused of plotting to blow up his classmates may have been influenced by the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December.

Authorities say Derek Shrout, who was released on $75,000 bail Monday and has pleaded not guilty, wrote down plans for building a bomb in a journal found by one of his teachers at Russell County High School in Seale, Ala. The teacher then handed the journal over to police.

Shrout's parents allowed police to search their home after they were told of the journal. They found empty tobacco cans with holes drilled in them that were filled with pellets, which Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor characterized as the beginning stages of a bomb.

Taylor said he believes Shrout may have been influenced by the Newtown shooting because his first journal entry about the bomb was made on Dec. 17, just three days after that attack.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/sheriff-alabama-bomb-plot-student-may-influenced-newtown-153203260.html

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Redfairen Jan 2013 OP
iandhr Jan 2013 #1
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happyslug Jan 2013 #3

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:36 PM

1. How the hell does he get bail?

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Response to iandhr (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:01 PM

2. his grandpappy no doubt...

I can't see how his lawyer can say with a straight face that he had no intention of harming anyone when he wrote it down in his own hand writing and was gathering the materials to make good on it.

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Response to iandhr (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:05 PM

3. No explosive were found, just some cans and pellets

I question they had enough to make an arrest. The Journal is covered by the concept of Freedom of Speech and the cans and pellets are NOT regulated in any way by anyone. No explosive material were found, nor was they any indications he had tried to obtain any (and that includes gasoline). I can see a need for a psychiatric evaluation, but not an arrest.

Now, you do NOT need to complete a bomb, for the act to be illegal, mere assembling of the material is enough. The problem in this case was, while he had the cans and the pellets, he had nothing that would make something go "boom". He had nothing that could be made into something that would go "boom". All he had was cans and pellets.

Discussed yesterday on DU:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014359396

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