A 16-year-old girl was arrested after authorities discovered her plans to kill people in a black-dominated church in Hall County.
The teenager, who is white, plans to attack the African Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church, according to Gainesville police.
"Our investigation indicates that the church was targeted by adolescents based on the racial demographics of church members," police chief Jay Parrish said on Tuesday in a news release. "The church was immediately informed of the incident by the Gainesville police to ensure the safety of our community and the current threats are under control."
According to Channel 2 Action News, the girl visited the church once, but there was no one there. It was unclear how he planned to carry out the attack, but Parrish said the teenager was collecting knives.
Gainesville High School administrators learned of the alleged plot from students who told them that the girl had a notebook with "detailed plans to commit murder" in the church, Parrish said.
The administrator told the school resource officer about the plan on Friday and opened an investigation. They verified the threat and turned the investigation over to Gainesville police, who arrested the girl, Parrish said. His name hasn't been released yet.
The teenager was charged with a criminal attempt to commit murder and taken to the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center.
"This is an active investigation and a prime example of how strong the relationship between the student body, school administration and law enforcement can be to intercept potentially dangerous incidents," Parrish said.
We are working to learn more.
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