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Principal shocked, scared after alleged bomb plot

TAMPA, FL (AP) - A Tampa high school principal says he was shocked and scared after learning a former student has been arrested for plotting to blow up the school on the first day of classes.

Freedom High School Principal Chris Farkas said Wednesday threats are common in large schools, but most aren't real. After hearing that police confiscated fuel, shrapnel and other materials from Jared Cano's home, the principal said "fear set in".

Farkas said Cano's plan may have been thwarted because the 17-year-old had been expelled from the school and would have been "red flagged" as soon as he stepped on campus.

Cano was arrested Tuesday and faces several charges including possessing bomb-making materials. Police say they also found a marijuana growing operation at his home.

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