Dayton shooter Connor Betts dropped out of college in 2014 saying he 'didn't have the maturity to handle it'

Newly-released records and unofficial transcripts show Betts was a student at the Wright State University before dropping out.


                            Dayton shooter Connor Betts dropped out of college in 2014 saying he 'didn't have the maturity to handle it'

Connor Betts, the 24-year-old gunman behind the August 4 mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, that killed 10 and injured another 27, had dropped out of university due to a self-proclaimed lack of "maturity."

Newly released records obtained by the Cincinnati Enquirer show that Betts was previously enrolled in the psychology department of Wright State University, the same university where his sister Megan Betts, 22, who was one of his victims in the shooting, was currently studying. 

Betts withdrew from the university in 2014 a few months after enrolling due to a lack of "maturity," which he detailed in an email he addressed to his academic advisor.

"I write to inform you that I must withdraw from Wright State as I do not yet have the maturity to handle college," he wrote in the email. 

According to his unofficial transcript, Betts' fall schedule included an introduction to psychology class and an introduction to sociology class.

He reportedly completed the latter before withdrawing from the university in the Spring of 2014.

The transcript also states that he was on academic probation at the end of his fall semester.

His short stint at university wasn't the first time that he had had problems in academia either.

We previously reported that he was suspended from the Bellbrook High School for compiling a "hit list" of those he wanted to kill and a "rape list" of girls he wanted to sexually assault.

"There was a kill list and a rape list, and my name was on the rape list," revealed a former classmate.

Police, however, said there was nothing in his background that would have prevented him from purchasing the .223-caliber rifle with extended ammunition magazines that he used to open fire outside a crowded bar.

The discovery of the hit list early in 2012 had prompted roughly a third of the students at the high school to skip out on classes out of fear and even sparked a police investigation.

Betts was shot dead by police officers within 32 seconds after he started firing. While a preliminary assessment of the shooting did not indicate he had a racial or political motive, a search of his home did turn up writings that showed he had an interest in killing people.

It also emerged that, in the hours before he opened fire, had liked several tweets concerning the 2019 El Paso shooting the previous day, including a tweet that called the El Paso shooter a "terrorist" and a "white supremacist."

The police said the investigation was still ongoing and that they were not going to speculate about motivation.

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