Two Georgia teenagers admitted to planning a “Columbine-style” attack at Etowah High School using “napalm and guns” after drawing up a “kill list” that included black and disabled students, according to a report from the Cherokee and Tribune Ledger-News.
The teens wanted to set a record for mass murder, prosecutors said in court on Friday.
Alfred Dupree, 19, and Victoria McCurley, 18, pleaded guilty on Monday in Cherokee County Superior Court in Canton, Georgia, for a plot to launch a violent attack at at their high school in 2017.
According to Cherokee County Assistant District Attorney Rachelle Carnesale, the two students planned to deploy smoke bombs so as to “corral” students and faculty into a section of the school. They then planned to use “napalm and firearms” in order to “kill as many people as they could,” Carnesale said.
Dupree and McCurley were arrested in October 2017 by police in Woodstock, Georgia.
The former students charged as adults with six counts of conspiracy to commit murder, one count of conspiracy to commit arson, and one count of unlawful possession of a destructive device.
In court, McCurley admitted on Friday that he told investigators: “We’d like to get our numbers up higher than Las Vegas,” a reference to the October 1, 2017, mass shooting in the city, which left 58 people dead and more than 400 wounded.
According to the indictment, Dupree and McCurley were arrested for “collecting and preparing flammable and explosive materials … writing a ‘kill list’ … (and) creating a map of a portion of Etowah High School.”
According to court documents, the “kill list” included the names of five students and one teacher – all of whom were in a special education class with Dupree and McCurley.
The list included nicknames and slurs, which referenced specific disabilities.