Etowah High School Bomb Threat:- On Wednesday morning, Cherokee County’s superintendent of schools ordered Etowah High School to evacuate after receiving an anonymous bomb threat. School officials request that parents refrain from contacting the campus or coming to the campus to ensure that their driveways and phone lines remain open for emergency communications during dismissal.
Etowah High School Bomb Threat On Wednesday, September 28, 2022
The threat is seriously taken and a full investigation will be conducted in an abundance of caution, officials said. “Law enforcement agencies are arriving at the school to sweep the campus.” Students were taken home immediately by bus. In order to pick up students who usually arrive by car, they were asked to report to ET Booth Middle School by 11:30 am.
There has been no word on what type of bomb threat was received. Several students and one instructor at the school were included on a “kill list” compiled by a student, according to the grand jury indictment.
There are 15 counts against the now-former students, Alfred Dupree III and Victoria “Gabi” McCurley, all of whom are 17 years old: six counts of murder conspiracies, one count of arson conspiracies, and a combined charge of illegal possession of a destructive device.
The sheriff’s deputies discovered evidence of an attack on the school when they became aware of threats against it. These included a homemade incendiary device and a personal journal detailing Dupree and McCurley’s plans as well as the list of victims they were targeting.
Dupree was indicted for compiling a “kill list” of potential victims at the school, which included five students and one instructor. A map of the high school building was also created as part of their plan, according to the indictment.
Evidence uncovered by the investigators was turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for investigation and further examination.
During the arrest, Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds described the plot as similar to the deadly Columbine High School massacre in Colorado in 1999, which left 15 people dead and 24 injured.
Reynolds explained that Reynolds believed this would have been an incident similar to Columbine, which is why the charges are so severe.