Orlando Shooter Had History of Behavioral Issues at School

Suspect displayed discipline problems and acadmeic challenges in elementary school and middle school.

The gunman responsible for the deaths of 49 Orlando night club patrons on June 12 had behavioral issues with school personnel as early as third grade.

The suspect, who CS is not naming, was frequently disciplined for hitting classmates and being verbally abusive to other students and his teachers, reports the New York Daily News. One of his schools even designated a team comprised of a teacher, psychologist, guidance counselor and parent to address his continued physical and verbal attacks. The Los Angeles Times reports that by the time he was in third grade, the suspect talked a lot about violence and sex and used obscenities.

The gunman also struggled with academics and found it difficult to pay attention in class unless he was given one-on-one attention. By the fifth grade he was getting Ds and Fs.

His troubles with school continued into his adult life when, last spring, he was denied admittance to Indian River State College’s criminal justice program. The suspect wanted to become a police officer.

One area where he did excel was in the use of firearms. He was an excellent marksman who consistently scored high when he was tested on proficiency with a revolver and semi-automatic pistol, reports ABC News.

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