The alleged conspiracy was "definitely racist-motivated," said Sgt. Kevin Holbrook of the Gainesville Police Department. The booklet, he said, contained a "manifesto" language that discussed how to attack black parishioners with butchers' knives and other sharp-edged weapons.
"There were many scriptures and drawings, various representations, and much more in hateful messages," Holbrook told the Washington Post. "As for the details, it was very accurate information."
The police said the girl searched online for African American churches online and chose the Bethel AME church because she is small. The investigators believe she went to church earlier this month to possibly carry out the attack, but the police found the building empty.
"Out of sheer grace, the church had no church service that evening," Holbrook said. "We were very lucky here."
The teenager is being held in the regional juvenile detention center in Gainesville. The police did not announce their name on Tuesday.
The girl was arrested when black churches and other places of worship across the country were subjected to a wave of violence and intimidation carried out by alleged white supremacists and other extremists.
Earlier this year Three historic black churches in St. Landy, La., Were set ablaze in racist attacks within 1
0 days. The suspect, the son of a local sheriff's deputy, did not plead guilty to charges of arson and hate crimes.
Even extremist aggressors have, according to anti-hate groups in increasing numbers against Jewish institutions. Last October, an armed man is said to have left a trail of anti-Semitic social media posts before shooting eleven churches in Pittsburgh's "Tree of Life" synagogue in the most deadly attack on Jews in US history. Just last month, the authorities arrested a self-proclaimed white ruler who allegedly intended to blow up a historic synagogue in Colorado as part of a "racist-holy war."
Georgia is one of four US states that has not committed any official hate crime laws in its books that make it unclear how the alleged racist nature of the conspiracy against the Gainesville church will affect the teenager's case.
"Although we are very concerned about this incident, we are not surprised," said Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, director of the Sixth Episcopal Church of the AME Church, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday.
"Hate crimes and domestic terrorism have been on the rise for many years," Jackson said, "but it's unfortunate. We can not prosecute this perpetrator for hate crimes in Georgia because there's no law in the books against him
Church leaders told local media that the teenager idolized Dylann Roof, the self-described white suprema, who killed nine black parishioners during a 2015 Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, CA. Roof said he had "radicalized himself" online and wrote manifestos laden with racist characterizations of blacks.Roof was convicted of 33 federal hate crimes in December 2016.
"We are grateful to God that this conspiracy has stopped was before anyone was killed or injured, "said Jackson.
The Po lizei stated that she believed the girl was acting alone and that no other churches were in danger.
The alleged conspiracy came to light on Friday when fellow teenagers at Gainesville High School told the counselors their notebooks, police said.
Officials detained the teenage girl while she was at school and notified her parents. They also notified the community leaders and provided security in the building, police said.
The headmaster Jeremy Williams said the girl's alleged actions should not reflect on the school system.
"As a school system celebrating our diversity, we are incredibly impressed by the recent development," he told CNN. "However, we are very proud that our students are informing the school administration about a possible off-campus threat."
The FBI is assisting police in Gainesville in their investigations, but it is unlikely that the authorities will file charges against them for being a minor.
Jackson, the bishop, told the Journal Constitution that he would like to try the girl as an adult. "To plan this kind of event," he said, "is not childish."