Alfred Dupree, 17, of Acworth and Victoria McCurley, 17, of Woodstock

A planned attack by two students directed towards students and staff at Etowah High School has been thwarted, and the two involved have been arrested, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

Alfred Dupree, 17, of Acworth and Victoria McCurley, 17, of Woodstock are in custody after police found a homemade incendiary device and a powder substance while investigating threats directed towards the school, officials said.

In addition, a journal with specific students and staff listed as targets was recovered by investigators, according to the sheriff's office.

Dupree and McCurley are facing charges of criminal attempt to commit murder, terroristic threats and acts, 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 Sheriff's Office says that search warrants on the suspects homes have been completed by investigators. The arrest warrants have been sealed by a judge.

During the searches, investigators say they found a personal journal, a homemade incendiary device described as a flammable substance, and an undetermined powder substance.

Both substances have been turned over to the GBI for testing.

Deputies say the homemade incendiary device was found in McCurley's home in Woodstock, and that a tip led them to Dupree. Dupree's journal is what led investigators to McCurley.

Principal Robert Horn sent a letter explaining the situation to parents on Tuesday. Horn wrote in a letter that there are no other suspects and no active threat against the school at this time.

The two suspects are currently not in jail, Cherokee Sheriff's Office Sergeant Marianna Kelley said. Both have completed a medical evaluation.

Here is the full text of the letter sent by Horn:

Dear Parents/Students:

This is to advise that the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) Police Department and Cherokee Sheriff's Office were notified by a community member of a potential threat on Etowah HS. Immediate action and investigation began, and, as a result, two students are currently in custody. At this time there are no other suspects and no active threat against Etowah HS.

The safety and security of all students and staff members is of utmost importance and CCSD will continue to partner with the Cherokee Sheriff's Office throughout the conclusion of the investigation to insure that this is the case. I will continue to keep you in the loop in this regard. Any threat on school safety/security will not be tolerated and as such these students will also face severe disciplinary action, as well as any applicable criminal charges.


Robert Horn EHS Principal
Cherokee County School District


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