According to a prosecutor in Cherokee County, Georgia, two students were intent on setting a record for mass murder. They were so intent, in fact, that they allegedly wrote a kill list that also included a racial slur and swastikas.
The list, shown in court Friday, also included plans to kill every Black student at Etowah High School, as well as people with disabilities, The Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News reports.
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Prosecutors allege the pair planned to use smoke bombs to usher students and teachers into a confined area where “napalm and firearms” would be used to “kill as many people as they could,” The New York Post reports.
“We’d like to get our numbers up higher than Las Vegas,” McCurley told investigators.
She was referring to the deadly shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, in which 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured.
The list was part of a journal that also included a map of the school that showed the locations of CCTV cameras. Weapons and explosives were found in McCurley’s home, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Dupree was obsessed with the killings at Columbine High School and other mass shootings and was found with the kill the list that included all Black students, special education students, and their teacher, the court heard.
“We prevented something from happening,” said Cherokee Frank Reynolds after the arrests. “We saved potential lives.”
Reynolds said that while McCurley and Dupree both had access to firearms, they were more likely to use flammable devices similar to Molotov cocktails against staff.
McCurley and Dupree have each pleaded to six counts of conspiracy to commit murder, one count of unlawful possession of a destructive device, and one count of conspiracy to commit arson.
The pair was arrested in October 2017 when Woodstock police were alerted to their alleged plans. They appeared Friday before Cherokee County Judge Ellen McElyea and entered guilty pleas. The hearing ended late Friday and was scheduled to resume Monday.
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