FL Teenager Charged With Alleged School Bomb Plot

Written by Michael Lambarde on Aug. 18, 2011

A 17-year-old Florida teenager was arrested on Tuesday after he was being charged with planning to blow up a high school in Tampa.

The teenager, Jared Cano, was held in secure detention on Wednesday after being charged. Police said that they found a journal with a diagram of Freedom High School at his home, along with bomb-making supplies. Police also said at a Wednesday hearing that they also found marijuana growing at his home. Cano, who was expelled from his high school in March of last year, allegedly wanted the bomb to go off on Tuesday, the first day of classes, at Freedom High School.

“We were probably able to thwart potentially a catastrophic event the likes of which Tampa has not seen and hopefully never will,” Tampa police officer Jane Castor said about preventing the alleged plot from unfolding.

Cano has a record of juvenile charges in his past, according to prosecutors, but most of the charges were often dismissed. On Tuesday, Cano posted a status on Facebook saying that he “jut (sic) did the dumbest thing ever!” His Facebook page also has references to marijuana. The teenager has a mother who works as a math teacher at another high school, according to reports.