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‘Jihadi John’ Was A Hardworking Student, Says Former Principal

LONDON (AP) — The man who became the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was a relatively hardworking student who showed no signs of being radicalized, his former school principal said Monday. Jo Shuter, former head teacher...

The man who became the Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John” was a relatively hardworking student who showed no signs of being radicalized, his former school principal said Monday.

An arrangment of British daily newspapers photographed in London on February 27, 2015 shows the front-page headlines and stories regarding the identification of the masked Islamic State group militant dubbed 'Jihadi John'. The British headlines were dominated on Febryary 27 by the story of the identification of the Islamic State executioner. 'Jihadi John', the masked Islamic State group militant believed responsible for beheading of at least five Western hostages, has been named as Kuwaiti-born | DANIEL SORABJI via Getty Images

Jo Shuter, former head teacher at Quintin Kynaston Academy in London, told the BBC that Mohammed Emwazi was a “hardworking and aspirational young man” when she knew him as a teenager.

Two other former students from the same school were also thought to have gone to fight in Syria and Somalia.