Truman Templeton and his mother tipped off police to an alleged bomb plot at West Albany High School.
Grant Acord, 17, is shown in his Benton County mug shot.
ALBANY, OR (KPTV) -
At a city council meeting Wednesday evening, a 17-year-old West Albany High School student and his mother received a public service award from the city's police chief.
Truman Templeton, with the help of his mother, Leslie, is credited with tipping off police to another student's alleged plot to set off explosives at the high school.
"A lot of people say that I'm a hero, or some kind of extraordinary person," Truman told FOX 12 following the awards ceremony. "But I think I did what anybody could have, would have and should have done."
As the school year wrapped up last May, Leslie said she noticed her son seemed withdrawn and stressed out. When she asked what was wrong, she said he told her he had heard another student talking about making explosives.
"I just told her this kid was talking about making bombs and he says he has them," said Truman. "I never through it would become as big as it did and there was a whole plan and everything."
His mother said she alerted authorities, who immediately started investigating.
"And I could just see when he finally revealed the information from his poor little head, it was just like a weight off," she said.
Police arrested 17-year-old Grant Acord on several charges including attempted aggravated murder. According to court documents, Acord made six homemade bombs, along with journals detailing plans for his attack, which he kept hidden in his bedroom.
Acord is currently being held on a $2-million bond.
"He was always a very nice kid," said Truman. "He was always kind of timid, still a very nice kid."
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