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An Alabama teen has been released on bail, just two days after he was arrested for allegedly plotting “terrorist attacks” on his high school.
Derek Shrout, 17, had been arrested on Jan. 4 after a teacher at Russell County High School found a journal detailing his plans. Six students and one teacher had been specifically named in the journal.
Shrout had been in Russell County court on Jan. 7, where his bond was set at $75,000 by District Judge David Johnson. The teenager pleaded not guilty to attempted assault.
His lawyer, Jeremy Armstrong, has stated that he believes his client was just all talk.
However, over the weekend, authorities found 25 tobacco tins and two larger ones, each with holes drilled in them and pellets inside similar to BBs. Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said that experts on his investigation determined that, with a few more elements, the tins would have blown up in the way that Shrout described.
Shrout, who is a self-described white supremacist, has his next court hearing on Feb. 12.