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OC Rampage Killer's GPA: 0.62

During his short stint at Saddleback College, Ali Syed of Ladera Ranch failed class after class.

Before a murder-suicide rampage that left four dead and three wounded last week, gunman Ali Syed failed most of his classes at Saddleback College, according to the school's Lariat student newspaper.

In the fall of 2010, his first semester at the campus, he flunked all three of his classes: introductory courses in economics, world history and geography.

From there, Syed took eight classes. He failed six of them, leaving him with a cumulative GPA of 0.62, an F average.

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In spring 2011, he retook world history and passed with a B grade. He took economics twice more before passing with a C in spring 2012. Those were his only grades higher than an F, according to the school paper.

Most of Syed's classes were in history and geography, but he took two psychology classes too.

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His only class this semester was in computer repair, his first computer course at the school. His teacher said the 20-year-old Ladera Ranch resident was showing signs of promise in the course.

Do you think Syed's classes and grades tell us anything about him? Tell us in the comments below.

JustUs February 28, 2013 at 06:57 AM
But this was a big story and there's no reason now to withhold that news if it was true. So I believe if it happened that we would know about it.
John February 28, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Alot of inviornmental triggers in the last few decades...way more autism, aspberger's etc...and zombies too. Don't smoke the round up...whilst tuning in to swamp loggers.
Peter Schelden February 28, 2013 at 06:03 PM
It's an interesting idea, Pan. ;-) But then, I'm sure I couldn't give the prize to myself, could I?
Panglonymous February 28, 2013 at 08:14 PM
What's the use of being boss if you can't declare yourself the winner?
Pam Ragland March 04, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Several issues here. 1) The schools SHOULD take responsibility for helping ID issues with kids, which parents are otherwise not trained to ID or understand. It sounds like someone knew that with Saddleback's policy--yet was it followed? 2) Schools are woefully inept at ID'ing issues with kids. It took YEARS to ID my son as Autistic, after a major trauma brought on symptoms. Since I've become an expert, developed an innovative & effective new treatment to help Autistic kids be more normal. Yet I've offered to TRAIN OUR SCHOOL FREE & they haven't done it. Schools need to be open to help to solve issues, not ignore them. 3) Few parents realize how dangerous video games are. They are literally conditioning the child's habits to automatically repeat what is in the "game". Parents think because other kids do it & it's called a game, it's safe. Instead it has become a coping mechanism to help kids get through life. (Next stop, drugs.) Gameboy supressed a study that showed video games damage the emotional center of a child's brain, causing a lack of empathy. It was released in Germany & I learned about it from a child development professor at Stanford & verified it. The issue is complex. Blaming the boy only means we'll repeat it, as we have not solved the real problems.

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