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More teens charged in threat against Cherokee's Etowah High School

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Alfred Dupree (left) and Victoria McCurley (Source: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office) Alfred Dupree (left) and Victoria McCurley (Source: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office)
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CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Five teens have now been charged of plotting to attack students and staff at Etowah High School in Cherokee County last week.

Two suspects, 17-year-old Alfred Dupree and 17-year-old Victoria McCurley, had their first appearance in court on Thursday. They were told not to contact any students or teachers at the school and waived reading of charges.

No bond has been set and family members that were present did not speak to media.

On Friday, three others were charged for making social media posts about an attack on the school. The school district released this statement regarding the arrests of the other three suspects:

"Dear Parents:

On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise you that we are aware of rumors about a threat to Etowah High School circulating on social media tonight.

The CCSD School Police Department and Cherokee Sheriff’s Office are aware of these rumors.  While they contain misinformation that casts doubt on their credibility, police are investigating and, in an abundance of caution, additional police officers will be present at the Etowah High/E.T. Booth Middle campus tomorrow.

We take the safety and security of our students and staff seriously.  Anyone with information about a possible threat is asked to call police."

Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Cherokee County School District 

Acting on a tip, Cherokee investigators served a warrant on both of the students' homes.

They found a homemade incendiary device, which was described as a flammable substance, and an undetermined powder substance at McCurley's house, and a journal at Dupree's house which they say detailed an attack against the school.

Sheriff Frank Reynolds says the device was similar to a Molotov cocktail.

Robert Horn, Principal at the school, says local authorities were notified of a potential threat against the school, prompting an investigation.

The Cherokee County School District sent CBS46 a statement regarding the incident.

On behalf of the Superintendent, 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.  

Our School District Police Department and administrative staff assisted with the investigation in a continuation of our longtime partnership with the Sheriff’s Office to maintain a safe and secure environment for our students and employees.

We take all threats to the safety and security of our students and employees very seriously.  Anyone with information about threats is asked to immediately report it to police.

Both suspects have been charged as adults with the following:

  • Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder x3

  • Terroristic Threats and Acts x4

  • Criminal Attempt to Commit Arson and Possession and/or Transportation of Destructive Device/Explosive with Intent to Kill, Injure or Destroy any Public Building.

The Cherokee County School System sent the following statement after rumors continued to circulate on social media:

Dear Parents:

On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise you that we are aware of rumors about a threat to Etowah High School circulating on social media tonight.

The CCSD School Police Department and Cherokee Sheriff’s Office are aware of these rumors.  While they contain misinformation that casts doubt on their credibility, police are investigating and, in an abundance of caution, additional police officers will be present at the Etowah High/E.T. Booth Middle campus tomorrow.

We take the safety and security of our students and staff seriously.  Anyone with information about a possible threat is asked to call police. 

Barbara P. Jacoby

Chief Communications Officer

Cherokee County School District 

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