Jared Cano, 17, was arrested on Tuesday for plotting to bomb a School in Tampa Bay, Florida. Tampa police said Jared Cano’s target was the Freedom high school in Hillsborough County. The local police chief, Jane Castor, said Cano, who had been expelled from the school in 2009, had hoped “to cause more casualties than were suffered at Columbine”.
Cano who has a history of juvenile arrests ranging from burglary, drug possession to carrying a concealed weapon had been placed on a watch list. “He was on some sanctions that required us to do juvenile checks,” Major Newman said. “So we’ve been very, very familiar with him.”
Police, tipped off that Cano was planning to bomb the school went to his home where his mother let them search the place. When police searched his room they found quantities of fuel, shrapnel, plastic tubing, timing and fusing devices for making pipe bombs, Tampa’s Regional Bomb Team determined that the amount of materials found were “capable of taking multiple lives”,.all of these components were for a plot in which he intended to cause more casualties than the Columbine High School massacre where 13 were killed before the two student attackers killed themselves, police said Wednesday.
Besides the bomb-making materials, officers said they also found a journal with schematic drawings of rooms inside Freedom High School and statements about Cano’s intent to kill specific administrators and any students who happened to be close by.
Cano faces charges of possessing bomb-making materials, cultivating marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possessing marijuana and threatening to throw, project, place or discharge a destructive device. He was being held in a juvenile lockup in Tampa. The state attorney’s office will decide whether he will be charged as an adult.