A 17-year-old self-described "white supremacist" has been accused of planning to use homemade explosives in a terrorist attack on Black students at an Alabama high school. Only one white student was targeted on the hit list ... and that was because he was believed to be gay.
Authorities believe that Derek Shrout was inspired by the horrific Connecticut school massacre to begin building homemade explosives, reports ABC News.
Shrout was arrested Friday after a teacher at Russell County High School found what appears to be the teen's journal and contacted authorities. Police said the journal contained plans to kill six students and one teacher with homemade grenades. Six of the seven individuals were black. In the journal, police say that Shrout thought the white male on his list was gay. "That's the reason the white male was on the list. It screams hate crime," Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said.
Investigators say Shrout started writing in his journal just three days after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14.
The journal was covered with "‘white power’, the F-word, and Nazi symbols,” a teacher told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. A search of Shrout’s home found dozens of small cans "all with holes drilled and containing pellets."
Shrout faces one charge of attempted assault. He was released Monday afternoon on a $75,000 bond. Watch WTVM's report AFTER THE JUMP ...