Former teacher says there were issues as a child
As Lone Star College stabbing suspect Dylan Quick gets ready for his first court appearance today, we are learning that there were signs of problems as a young child.
Those red flags according to one of his former teachers came when he was in kindergarten.
A former teacher of Quick’s, who wishes to remain anonymous, told KTRH that, “He just had a lot of social issues, didn’t get along with other kids and wouldn’t listen or follow directions,” ‘Michelle’ told KTRH.
The teacher says Quick’s parents were told of the problems but didn’t take action.
“The parents didn’t want to accept that he had issues. They wanted him to be a normal child. That’s when they withdrew him and began to home school him,” she said.
Psychologist Ed Reitman explains why they did that.
“Their own egos become involved. They feel that they are to blame. They protect themselves by denial,” Reitman said.
Reitman told KTRH those problems should have been addressed
“It certainly serves as the root for what took place and that’s the sadness of the case. It starts out at a point where you begin to identify a problem that’s there,” Reitman explained.
State Senator John Whitmire says this case is proof of why we need to focus on the person more than the weapon, whether it's a gun or knife.
“We just flat are failing there. We’re failing in our schools. We’re failing in our social services. A lot of it has to do with resources,” Whitmire told KTRH.
Whitmire says the Quick case is an example of how our system failed.
“The real reaction should have been years ago, when he showed every indication of having mental health issues,” Whitmire stated.
Quick reportedly is under suicide watch. Police say he used an X-Acto knife and scalpel to carry out the attacks.