It may be just a phone call, but it could be one that saves dozens of lives. On Monday, in the wake of the Connecticut school massacre, Tampa police officers made a public plea: The agency asked for the cooperation of every one of us.
"When you hear something that could potentially be dangerous or you know isn't quite right, or has that sense to it something horrible could happen, you need to say something," said Assistant Chief John Newman.
Newman referred to the case of Jared Cano, the teen who was just sentenced for planning to blow up Freedom High School, planning to slaughter as many people as he could shoot.
Detectives say Cano's plan was never carried out because he talked a buddy about it. His friend told his mom, who reported it to the authorities.
Newman says it is too early in the Connecticut investigation to determine if anyone saw red flags there.
"They are at the beginning of a very long road up there," said Newman. "But down here, we know that because we got early information from a courageous source -- another student -- we were able to prevent something horrible from happening."
Cano ended up with 15 years behind bars and 10 years of probation.
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