Orlando mass-murderer Omar Mateen celebrated the horrific acts of terrorism committed against America on September 11, 2001, as a high school sophomore, say former classmates. Mateen allegedly cheered on the terrorists as he and his classmates watched the second plane slam into one of the Twin Towers; he also made “plane noises” and acted as though he was “running into a building” on the bus ride home.
Early Sunday morning, Mateen, 29, viciously murdered at least 49 people and injured 53 others at popular gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida. The terrorist called 911 and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State during the brutal massacre. ISIS later took credit for the attack via a news origination affiliated with the Islamic terror group.
During an interview on Fox News with Judge Jeanine Pirro, Robert Zirkle, a former classmate of Mateen’s, explained Mateen’s disturbing behavior post-9/11, claiming that he was eventually expelled from Martin County High School in Florida because of it.
Zirkle claims that before 9/11, he and Mateen were somewhat-friendly: “We all rode the same bus. We weren’t really close friends, but friends at least a little,” he said, but after 9/11, “he started changing and acting different.”
Mateen “was making plane noises on the bus” and acting “like he would hit a building” on 9/11 and the days following the attack, said Zirkle, who was a freshman at the time.