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Oregon high school searched after boy caught in "Columbine style" plot


A security officer stands guard at Columbine High School on the 10-year anniversary of the shootings there on April 20, 2009 in Littleton, Colorado. Gun violence in schools has been cut dramatically since Columbine students Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 students and a teacher.


Marc Piscotty

An Oregon teen has been arrested for allegedly planning a "Columbine style" attack on his high school, prompting officials to search the West Albany school for explosives with sniffer dogs before students return from the long holiday weekend.

The teen will be charged with aggravated murder, reported KCTV5, and will be charged as an adult. He'll also be charged with making a bomb, and with the unlawful possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to harm another person. 

"The charge of attempted aggravated murder requires that we prove that a substantial step was taken toward the completion of the crime," said Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson to ABC News.

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"In this case, we would be relying upon evidence of plan," added Haroldson to the news network. "Diagrams, checklists, a plan to use explosive devices and firearms to carry out a plan specifically modeled after the Columbine shootings."

The boy was taken into custody Thursday, according to the Albany Tribune, after being arrested at his home. Evidence of bomb-making was then found at the residence. 

Haroldson told Fox 12 Oregon that materials collected from the home included "plans checklists, diagrams, inspirations, sources and a focus on recreating the model of Columbine, with adjustments that would make it more successful."