According to former classmates of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged in killings of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the student was into cops, guns, President Trump, and “triggering the libs,” VICE News reported on Thursday.
- Rittenhouse’s “clothes were often branded with pro-police slogans, and he carried a Blue Lives Matter phone case, one student said.”
- Some of the former classmates reportedly even joked that they thought he would be a mass shooter one day, according to the report.
While Rittenhouse was only enrolled at Lakes Community High School for the 2017 to 2018 academic year, he left an impression. Students reached by VICE News described him as short-tempered and easily offended.
- Joe, a minor who asked that his full name not be used, told the outlet, “When he got mad or offended he would always say he could ‘fuck me up,’ but everyone would just laugh because he was like a 5-foot-4 chubby freshman boy who we thought wasn’t capable of harm.”
- They also said Rittenhouse was a “ride or die” Trump supporter. Joe said, “If you said anything bad about Trump, he’d threaten you,” adding: “Kyle was the type of kid to wear a MAGA hat or other apparel just for attention, or to 'trigger' people.”
“He went to middle school with my little sister and she said that everyone always thought of him to be a possible future shooter,” said Joe, “and so did I when I met him in high school.”
Rittenhouse was arrested on Wednesday after fleeing to his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, in the aftermath of the shootings.
He’d traveled there, he claimed, to help “protect people,” during the ongoing protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man. Blake’s family says he’s now partially paralyzed.