Jared Cano, 17, Arrested with Bomb-Making Materials Planned for Freedom High School

Tampa police have arrested an expelled student after thwarting what they deemed a potentially “catastrophic” plot to set off a bomb at his former high school and cause mass casualties, authorities said Wednesday.

Tampa police arrested Jared Cano, 17, Tuesday after they found bomb-making materials, marijuana-growing equipment and a “manifesto” in his room outlining plans to set off explosive devices at Freedom High School.

Jared Cano, 17, who has a criminal history, including a charge of gun theft, and was expelled from school more than one year ago; desired to cause more casualties than happened at Columbine, according to the journal.

Tampa police found shrapnel, timing and fusing devices, a fuel source, and a journal with suspect’s statements in his apartment at 15501 Bruce B. Downs Blvd where he lived with his mother.

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