A 16-year-old white girl from Gainesville, Florida was plotting to attack the Black Bethel AME Church.
According to Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish, the girl detailed her plans in a notebook, which was discovered by her classmates. The students notified the high school’s administration, who then turned over the notebook to school resource officers and eventually to the police.
The police later released a statement on Instagram in which Parrish said,
“Our investigation indicated the church was targeted by the juvenile based on the racial demographic of the church members.”
“The church was immediately notified of the incident by Gainesville police to ensure the safety of our community and the current threat was under control.”
The police have not released all the details of the girl’s plot, only that there were vivid drawings in the notebook that indicate she had been planning the attack for at least two weeks. The girl also had a knife collection.
The planned attack is, of course, quite similar to the one carried out by then-21-year-old Dylann Roof in 2015 in which he killed 9 people at a black church.
Roof became a hero to other white supremacists, some of whom even began to copy his bowl haircut. It’s unclear, however, whether this girl was inspiring by Roof’s attack.
The girl has been charged with criminal attempt to commit murder and is currently in custody in a detention center. The police are still completing their investigation.
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