This and other details are beginning to emerge of a suspect who was considered by his a former high school history teacher as, “a very bright kid but very misguided and disillusioned.”
In high school, he was described as quiet but, “was unafraid to make you feel unsafe”, according to a woman who attended classes with him in middle school.
By Freshman year of High School, Mr. Fields preoccupation with the third Reich, particularly Nazis and Adolph Hitler alarmed his history teacher at the time. After high school graduation, Mr. Fields played video games and worked at a local grocery story.
“As a freshman at Randall K. Cooper High School, he wrote a report that one teacher recalled, fell “very much along the party lines of the neo-Nazi movement.” “A lot of boys get interested in the Germans and Nazis because they’re interested in World War II,” the teacher, Derek Weimer, told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “But James took it to another level.” Mr. Fields was “a very bright kid but very misguided and disillusioned,” Mr. Weimer said.
Mr. Fields enlisted in the Army after he graduated from high school in 2015, but military records show that his service lasted less than four months. Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson, an Army spokeswoman, said Mr. Fields had been “released from active duty due to a failure to meet training standards.” Mr. Fields, Colonel Johnson said, “was never awarded a military occupational skill nor was he assigned to a unit outside of basic training.”
“I don’t really understand what the rally was about or anything,” she told The Blade. “I didn’t know it was white supremacists,” she said. “I thought it had something to do with Trump. Trump’s not a supremacist.”