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16-year-old girl arrested in conspiracy to assault black church in Georgia

A 16-year-old girl has been arrested after authorities discovered her plan to kill people in a mostly black church in Hall County.

The teenager, who is white, planned to attack the Episcopal Church of the Bethel African Methodist, according to Gainesville police.

"Our investigation shows that the church was targeted by minors based on the racial demographics of church members," Police Chief Jay Parish said Tuesday in a news release. "The church was immediately notified of an incident by the Gainesville police to ensure the safety of our community and the current threat was under control."

According to News Channel Action 2, the girl visited the church once, but no one was there, It's unclear how she planned to carry out the attack, but Paris said the teenager was collecting knives.

The Gainesville High School administrators learned about the alleged plot points Derish had a notebook with "detailed plans for murder" at the church.

Administrators notify school resource officials of the plan on Friday and open an investigation. They confirmed the threat and forwarded the investigation to police in Gainesville, who took the girl into custody, Paris said. Her name has not been issued.

The teenager has been charged with criminal attempted murder and taken to the Regional Detention Center for Youth in Gainesville.

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"This is an active investigation and an excellent example of how strong links between the student body, the school administration and law enforcement can cross a potentially horrific incident," says Paris.

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