Police: White teen girl aimed to attack black Georgia church

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This Nov. 19, 2019 photo shows the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Ga. A white 16-year-old girl is accused of plotting to attack a mostly black church in Gainesville, where police say she planned to kill worshippers because of their race. (Nick Bowman/ Gainesville Times via AP)

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) – Police say a white teenage girl is accused of plotting to attack a mostly black church in north Georgia.

Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said in a Tuesday statement that Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was targeted because it is a predominantly black congregation. Parrish said students, school administrators and law officers worked together to thwart a “potentially horrific incident.”

Parrish says Gainesville High School students told administrators that the 16-year-old had a notebook with detailed plans to kill worshippers at the church.

The police chief says the girl is charged with criminal attempt to commit murder. She’s being held in a youth detention center in Gainesville.

Other details of the alleged plot weren’t immediately available Tuesday afternoon.

Gainesville is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta.

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