Omar Mateen had behavioral issues in school, records show

Courtesy: St. Lucie County School District

The man behind the nation's worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history had academic troubles early in life.

The St. Lucie County School District released the academic records for Omar Mateen.

The documents, 176 pages worth, show low grades, behavioral issues and language problems throughout his years at a number of elementary schools.

Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, born at Long Island Jewish Medical Center on Nov. 16, 1986, came to the district in 1991. He briefly attended St. Lucie Elementary before transferring to Frances K. Sweet Elementary.

Mateen attended Floresta Elementary School and Manatee Academy as a first grader. He left Manatee in the middle of his second-grade year to go to Mariposa Elementary School where he remained through the fifth grade.

Letters written at school reveal both happy and scary times in the classroom.

In one letter to Ms. Stein from Omar Seddique, dated Jan. 3, 1995, says he had a wonderful shimmering Christmas holiday, with trips to Busch Gardens and Universal Studios. "I missed you miss Stein," he wrote.

But another letter to Mrs. Zurich talks about an attack by another classmate. "8 days ago Scott took his fingers and his nails and pushed it on my neck and I almost died," wrote the young student. "I went home and my dad massaged my shoulder." The boy wrote Scott "almost killed me," according to the records from the St. Lucie County School District.

Mateen wrote about seeing a fisherman with a Great White shark on the beach, a memory he planned to tell his grandchildren.

The nightclub killer then attended Southport Middle School where he was a part of the ESOL program. He received an A in Intro to Computers, but F's in Language Arts and Math, and D's in Computer Science and World Geography.

Educators at Southport called a meeting with Mateen's parents on May 10, 1999, to discuss his behavioral problems, lack of self-discipline and self-control. One educator said "Omar's academic performance is affected by his behavior."

Another referral report showed "Omar is performing below average overall since he is unable to concentrate on his school work and stop trying to get attention from his classmates."

The records show Mateen moved to Martin County in 1999. Stuart Middle School asked for his records in August of that year.

Authorities say Mateen opened fire at Pulse, a nightclub in Orlando early Sunday. The massacre left 49 people dead. Police killed Mateen in a shootout. A gun shop in Jensen Beach said workers alerted authorities when he tried to buy Level 3 body armor about a month ago.

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