Former principal charged in fatal Fla. stabbings

LEALMAN, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say the former Tampa Bay-area middle school principal charged in a rampage that left two dead and nine others injured was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reported that 45-year-old Anthony Giancola was taken into custody Friday afternoon and charged hours later with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Giancola lost his job after a drug arrest five years ago, and told reporters then that he needed to "get my life together."

On Friday, authorities said, he stabbed several people at a group home for the hearing impaired -- killing at least two. He then allegedly drove his car into a crowded porch and brutally attacked a couple who ran a nearby motel.


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