TAMPA - Tampa teen Nicolette French says she has known Jared Cano since middle school. But she says she couldn't imagine he would be involved in an alleged plot to bomb Freedom High School.
"I was speechless. I wanted to find out everything about it," said French, who does not attend Freedom High.
French had a rocky relationship with Cano, but she says she saw him just a few weeks ago. And a during recent a phone conversation she says he brought up the massacre at Columbine High School.
"He said something about this guy having a school or hostage on lockdown and I was thinking to myself that's really weird because schools not in right now. How would there be another Columbine shooting on the news when that's not going on right now?" said Cano.
The 17-year-old Cano has a lengthy criminal history including burglary, theft of a firearm and drug charges.
On Facebook, Cano didn't hide his behavior. He posted pictures of himself drinking a bottle of Olde English. Under basic information he wrote, "I smoke weed all day."
There is a picture of Cano holding what appears to be a machete. Just yesterday at 10:55 his last post read, "I jut (sic) did the dumbest thing ever."
French remembers an incident during middle school when Cano wrote R.I.P. next to his name on his MySpace page. That lead some people to think he was dead.
"He faked his own death and put it on MySpace and dropped off the face of the Earth pretty much to everybody," said French.
She just wishes he would have come to her for guidance.
"He knows that I'm a very understanding person and I would be there for him. And I would help him get through it instead of him actually wanting to harm other people and himself," said French.
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