A 17-year-old white supremacist apologized for her plot to attack a Black Georgia church and was sentenced to juvenile detention10/23/2020
- Last year, school resource officers in Gainesville, Georgia foiled a girl's plan to attack a Black church.
- The teen apologized in court Thursday for her plot to murder worshippers and was sentenced to juvenile detention.
- Officers found writings honoring South Carolina killer Dylann Roof, and indications that the teen is a white supremacist.
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A 17-year-old girl sobbed in court as she read a statement apologizing for a plot to murder worshippers at a predominately Black Georgia Church, The Gainesville Times reported.
Caitlyn Pye, 17, was sentenced Thursday to four years in a juvenile detention center, followed by a decade of probation. Last November, authorities learned of Pye's plan to attack the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Gainesville Georgia, the Times reported.
They found a notebook detailing her plot to murder the churchgoers, as well as T-shirts honoring Dylan Roof — the white supremacist who killed nine Black worshippers at a South Carolina church in 2015 — and knives. She also visited the church several times, but nobody was there, the Times reported.
"I'm truly sorry for what I've done," Pye said in court, according to The Gainesville Times.
She pleaded guilty to one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony, according to CNN.
Pye's plan was foiled by school resource officers. The writings they found indicated that the student was a white supremacist.
One T-shirt read, according to the Gainesville Times: "I'm not crazy I had to do this. I had to do it because somebody had to do something, because Black people are killing White people every day on the streets."
"What I did is still minuscule compared to what they're doing to White people every day. I do consider myself a White supremacist," the writing continued.
Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, the presiding prelate of the Sixth Episcopal District of AME churches, spoke at the hearing.
He said the effects of the plot still linger, as some feel that churches need to have armed security to keep them safe, The Times reported.
"While we are angered and frustrated by this incident, we do not hold hostility against this defendant," Jackson said. "While she apparently hates or hated us, we do not hate her and do not wish to nullify her future and do not give up on her."
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