Toronto Van Suspect Attended Classes For Students with Special Needs
The suspect in a Toronto van attack that killed 10 people and injured 15 others on Monday attended a high school programme for students with special needs where he would often walk the halls with his head down and hands tightly clasped, according to former classmates, reports Reuters.
Shereen Chami said her former classmate was not violent. She said Minassian was part of a programme at Thornlea Secondary School, in Toronto’s northern suburbs, for high school students with special needs, attending a mix of mainstream and separate classes.
Chami remembers him walking the halls with his hands together and his head down, and making meowing noises.
“He wasn’t a social person, but from what I remember he was absolutely harmless,” she said.
Two other classmates said they attended classes for students with special needs alongside Minassian.
A van attack in Toronto that killed 10 people and injured another 15 could be a terrorist attack, but the investigation is considering all versions, Toronto Police Chief Mark Sanders said during a press conference.
According to Sanders, investigators are now working with the driver suspected of running his van into a crowd of people, a 25-year-old Alek Minassian. Currently police offers no details on the driver's possible motive.
According to him, 10 people were killed and 15 others were injured in an attack. So far, not all the victims have been identified.
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