“This has been a trying time for this community and for the Albany police department,” said Capt. Eric Carter.
When students and staff return to school on Tuesday, they’ll see a very visible police presence. The police department will add extra patrol shifts around the high school and will be circling other schools in the district as well. Also, Albany police will assign all of their school resource officers to West Albany High School.
“Biggest goal is to have the resource officers there available for parents, students and staff to speak with them and express their fears and concerns. Biggest thing we’ll talk to students about is being vigilant,” said Sgt. Alan Lynn.
Last week, police arrested 17-year-old Grand Acord, after someone called 9-1-1 with information that he was planning to bomb the school in a Columbine style attack. Police found pipe bombs, molotov cocktails, napalm bombs and explosives made from drain cleaner in his bedroom. They also found checklists and a diagram of the school.
On Friday, the police department searched the entire school with four bomb detecting K-9s. No explosives were found. In a statement to parents, the superintendent of Albany schools said the school is safe and students can return confident that no outstanding threats remain.
“We know there’s going to be a lot of fear and anxiety among parents, students, school members. We’re going to be there as that visible presence,” assured Capt. Carter.
A motive is still unclear. Although a juvenile, Acord will be charged as an adult. He will be in court Tuesday.