Ga. Teens Arrested for Allegedly Plotting Terror Attack Against High School

Alfred Dupree and Victoria McCurley (Cherokee County, Ga., Sheriff’s Office)
Alfred Dupree and Victoria McCurley (Cherokee County, Ga., Sheriff’s Office)

Two Cherokee County, Ga., students accused of planning a terror attack against students and staff at Etowah High School made their first court appearance Thursday.

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According to WGCL-TV, 17-year-old Alfred Dupree and 17-year-old Victoria McCurley were ordered not to contact any students or teachers at the school. Both suspects waived the reading of charges.

No bond has currently been set for the teens.

Cherokee County investigators received a tip that led them to serve warrants at both of the students’ homes. In Victoria’s house they found a homemade incendiary device—which Sheriff Frank Reynolds said was similar to a Molotov cocktail—and a still-unidentified powder. At Alfred’s home, detectives uncovered a journal that allegedly detailed the terror plot against the school.

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“We recognize these as very serious charges, and that will be reflected in the severe administrative disciplinary actions the School District will take against these students. We will not tolerate violence of any kind at our schools. We deeply appreciate the community member who reported information to the Woodstock Police Department tip line that ultimately led to these arrests by the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office,” the school district said in a statement, according to CBS News.

CBS News notes that both suspects have been charged as adults and are facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, making terrorist threats and intent to commit arson.

Read more at CBS46 and CBS News.

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DISCUSSION

So....I work in south Florida, and my boss works remotely from Atlanta out of one of our satellite offices. It’s the most ideal set-up, outside of the 5-6 trips she makes down to corporate to check in each year.

She lives in Cherokee County. Her kids go to Etowah. She was down here at corporate this week and was visibly distraught, and understandably so, while all of this was poppin’ off up north. She was able to keep a lid on most of it, but let out one comment that I haven’t stopped eye-rolling at: “This isn’t supposed to happen here - whatever happened to family values?” I didn’t respond, but I wanted, with all of my fibers, to ask her to name the places where something like this should happen...to name the values a middle-to-upper class, mostly Republican, mostly white county should reinforce, but somehow don’t....to describe the remedy to a problem that seems to happen mostly in supposed suburban paradises..but I didn’t say all that.

She probably owes me a new tongue, because I bit all the way thru that MF to stay silent.