Orlando shooter Omar Mateen ‘threatened to bring a gun and kill students at his elementary school’, former classmates reveal
- Former classmate says Omar Mateen would often make threats to students
- Lesley Hall claims he threatened to bring a gun into Marisopa Elementary
- She says he then told children he would kill everyone when he was just 10
- Ms Hall also says Mateen would always bully others and spit at teachers
Orlando gunman Omar Mateen threatened to bring a gun into his elementary school and kill everyone when he was just 10 years old, a former classmate has claimed.
Mateen, 29, was shot dead in a gunfight with police in the early hours of Sunday morning after opening fire inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring dozens more.
Now classmates who attended the same school as the shooter in Port Lucie have claimed that teachers often had to deal with his unruly behavior and threats of violence against other pupils.
The claims come just a day after classmates at his high school said that Mateen openly cheered on 9/11 as they watched in horror as two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York.
Lesley Hall, who was a 5th grade classmate of Mateen at Marisopa Elementary School in Florida told TMZ she recalls one occasion where he threatened to go on a shooting spree.
She explained that he told a group of children that he planned to bring a weapon into the school and open fire, killing everyone.
Ms Hall added that when students told teachers at the school about the threats, they were taken extremely seriously and Mateen was suspended for two weeks.
The former classmate also claimed she lived in constant fear of Mateen due to his relentless bullying of her, and even in middle school, he threw chair and spat at teachers.
The school district have so far refused to comment on the claims.
They come after reports that while Mateen was a sophomore in high school, attending a Spectrum Alternative School, a school for students with poor grades or behavioral issues, he cheered during the 9/11 attacks.
According to the Washington Post, Mateen’s class was watching broadcast video of the first plane hitting one of the towers that morning when the second plane hit on live TV.
After the second plane hit, a former classmate recalls that Mateen ‘stood up in class and…started jumping up-and-down cheering on the terrorist’.
‘Mateen was smiling. It was almost like surreal how happy he was about what happened to us,’ the student recalls.
The former student, who spoke anonymously to the Post for fear of his business clients learning that he attended an alternative school, said Mateen also claimed that Osama bin Laden was his uncle.
Another former classmate told the Post that Mateen started misbehaving after the two towers were hit, and that he was sent to the dean’s office.
‘I was sleeping in class and woke up to see people jumping off buildings, so I started swearing and they sent me up,’ the former student said. ‘But Omar was saying some really rude stuff. Stuff like, “That’s what America
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