One of Mohammed Emwazi’s former teachers has said he received anger management therapy while at secondary school.
Emwazi, who was unmasked as Islamic State killer Jihadi John earlier this week, was involved in several fights in his first year at Quintin Kynaston School in London and needed therapy to control his emotions, the teacher told BBC Newsnight.
The unnamed teacher said: “We’d find that he’d get very angry and worked up and it would take him a long time to calm himself down, so we did a lot of work as a school to help him with his anger and to control his emotions.”
She claimed that the therapy seemed to work, adding: “He had a lot of respect for all of the work that had been done for him at our school.”
From his poor start at the school, Emwazi seemed to “blossom” into a “lovely, lovely boy” with a “real willingness to try and succeed,” the teacher said.
“I’d say that Mohammed was a success story of our school, he went on to achieve everything that he wanted to do; he went to a university of his choice, and from the way he started in Year Seven to how he blossomed ’til he left at the end of sixth form was a huge achievement for him, so I’m very surprised … ”
A statement from the school, released by Westminster City Council, said it was “shocked and sickened” that its former student was involved in terrorism.