People Who Ran Into The ‘Weird Kid’ From School Share How They Turned Out
Some kids stay weird well into adulthood. Others grow out of their weirdness and go on to do amazing things with their lives. No matter which route you wind up on, one thing is for sure: it’s impossible to tell exactly who a person is and how they will turn out simply from how they behave in school.
These tales of people who ran into their old, weird classmates are proof of that. Never judge anyone by their past. The class weirdo might just end up becoming your future boss.
#47 Climb Away
There was a weird kid I grew up with who would literally climb anything and everything. I even remember some days where I would walk to school and see him on the roof greeting everyone who walked into the building. One time, he climbed the biggest tree on the field and a fire truck had to come and save him.
Now he owns a huge local rock climbing gym. It all makes sense. I think he’s pretty successful too. Climb away, Danny!
#46 The Mute Savant
I grew up with a girl who never spoke a word. She was the shyest person I’ve ever met in my life, definitely to her own disadvantage. I had many class projects with her over the years, and she would always do her part behind the scenes, but would never present. She was amazing with numbers and math, which makes perfect sense because now she is a top data scientist for Google. I just wonder how she manages her team without speaking to them?
#45 Frozen Taste Buds
His parents would pack him frozen pizza pockets to warm up in the cafeteria, but every day, without fail, he would continue to eat his pizza pockets frozen. Now he works at a grocery store as a stock boy. I guess he gets a discount on these pizza pockets now?
#44 An Introvert Gone Mad
I once knew a kid who would do weird stuff in front of other kids for attention. Climb into bins, eat old food out of the bins, let people throw yogurt over him, dive into bushes, that sort of thing. Otherwise, he seemed mostly harmless.
He ended up in prison for pouring a kettle of boiling water over a guy and a girl who he fancied. They were at a house party, and he saw her talking to the guy, so he went to the kitchen, boiled the kettle, then calmly walked up to them and poured it over their heads. I’m not sure if he had ever even spoken to her before that, but he was seemingly jealous that she was talking to another guy.
After he was released from prison, he took his mother’s car on a joyride with two of his mates, crashed into a car driven by an elderly couple, then ran off leaving his two mates dead and the elderly couple badly injured. I think he’s still in prison for that.
#43 The Charitable Penny Kid
I wouldn’t say I ran into him, but I occasionally drive past the “Penny Kid” walking around slumped in a leather jacket with greasy hair. I really have no idea what he’s doing with his life, but he still seems pretty weird.
Back in high school, he was always collecting change that he’d find on the ground. I found out later he actually saved up $500 or so and donated it to charity. I thought a lot differently of him once I found out.
#42 A Science Celebrity
#41 The School Bully Changes Course
I ran into the kid who was the school bully back in the day. He wasn’t a physical bully, but he made fun of everyone and was just mean in general. He was at the bank one day, and I didn’t even recognize him. He walked up to me holding his daughter and gave me the classic white guy: “Well I’ll be darned, how are ya!” And this is gonna sound crazy, but he legitimately became the nicest guy in the world. Extremely well adjusted, great family, and successful career.
He invited me to go out to the driving range the following Sunday, and for whatever reason, I was inclined to go. I wound up hitting golf balls with him for most of the day, and we had a heart to heart. It turns out, he was a victim of abuse his entire life, and his father punished him by forcing him to stay awake all night. He was petrified to go home so he did whatever he could to get detention.
Explains a lot. Never judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.
#40 Apology Accepted
There was a weird kid in my middle school who would eat hand sanitizer, give himself papercuts, and do all sorts of other creepy things. He had a crush on me in the 8th grade and asked me to prom, but I declined. On the last day of middle school, he sent me a message saying that he would end his life if I didn’t feel the same about him. Despite the message, I still told him I wasn’t interested.
A few months later, we started high school, but since there are four high schools in my area, a lot of us were scattered around, and we ended up going to different schools. I never saw him again, but through social media, I saw that he started a relationship with a girl who also attended our middle school. He looked really happy, and honestly, I was happy for him. He seemed to have grown out of that weird middle school stage.
Around two years later, I went to a local supermarket and received a random message from him. He said he was working at the supermarket and happened to see me. I messaged him back and apologized for not seeing him. He then proceeded to apologize for all the weird middle school stuff, including the message he had sent me on the last day of 8th grade. I told him all was fine and we left it at that.
Now, by the looks of social media, he’s a workout fanatic and his body has changed a lot. He’s also in college and spends a lot of time with his family. I’m glad he’s doing fine.
#39 The Quiet, Genius Type
#38 Sounds About Right
#37 Some Things Truly Never Change
He still wears a black trench coat and his black Napoleon Dynamite boots.
#36 Computer Geek And Loving It
I’m pretty sure I was the weird kid. The runner-up was a very nice but shy girl who immigrated from China. She loved computers but was incredibly meek. Having a conversation with her was like prying teeth. She didn’t talk much and would only make strange noises in class. In hindsight, I realize now that she was likely stuck in an emotionally abusive household.
One time, she was given a small role in our school play. I was happy for her when I saw that her mom came, as she had told me she doubted her mom would come. After the play, I asked her what her mom thought and she said her mom told her that she looked like a sack of dog bones on the stage during her part. I legit did not know what to say when she said stuff like that because I was a kid myself.
Fortunately, she still turned out great! We went to the same college and she was originally signed up for pre-med, even though she was a computer whiz. Her mom insisted she had to be a doctor. Within a year though, she rebelled against her mom and became a computer science major. She’s now a test engineer working for a major computing company.
I guess she was great once she could find herself, and most of the weirdness was imposed upon her.
#35 Picking Your Nose Will Take You Great Places
My dad told me about a kid he went to high school with who used to sit in the back of the class mumbling and to giggle to himself all the time. Occasionally, he’d pick his nose in front of everyone. Despite this, my dad said he was really smart and got all A’s. He told me the guy’s name, and I looked him up online.
He’s now a federal appeals court judge.
#34 Mountains Can Make Better Friends Than People
There was a girl at my school named Melanie. She was easily the most socially awkward girl I’d ever met.
I moved away after college and wasn’t on social media until at least ten years after graduation, so I had no idea what most of my classmates were doing. Maybe five years ago, I spotted her. She ended up marrying a guy who went to our school as well. I knew him from work, and he was also really nice. I didn’t think about it at the time, but when I saw she married him, I was like, “Oh my God, they’re perfect for each other!”
They moved to a state that has a bunch of mountains, and they don’t have any children, so they’re always posting all these amazing hiking and rock climbing adventures they go on together. They go to all kinds of festivals too. They look super happy, and I’m just so happy for her.
#33 Superman Teams Up With Mister Clean
I have too many stories with this kid I went to high school with. He was a kleptomaniac, had illegal exotic pets, and an obsession with weapons. He had no regard for normal social standards and cues. Despite him being an innately skilled entrepreneur, he was a general menace to society.
I went off to college and later learned his home was raided by The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. His father had been manufacturing automatic weapons for the Latin Kings. They charged him for possession of an unregistered gun and a slew of illicit substances they found in his room.
The last I heard of him, he was on a flyer for a community board advertising basic around-the-house labor, with his head superimposed on a cartoon Superman.
#32 Furries Are People Too
I suppose he turned into a furry or something?
#31 He’s A Chemical Engineer Now, Among Other Things
A really smart and athletic dude at my high school was also one of the weirdest people, socially speaking. He was never really bullied as he was gigantic and the best player on our football team, but he was constantly getting rejected by every girl he asked out, which was a lot considering he had a new crush every week.
He received a scholarship to play football in college and got his chemical engineering degree for free. It turns out, he does adult videos now, and he’s big in that industry. Guess he never forgave all those girls.
#30 Revenge Of The Nerd
At my 10-year high school reunion, I met up with two guys. One was captain of the football team who always had the hot girls. The other was a painfully shy and awkward nerd who was always shunned and made fun of.
The nerd started a conversation with Mr. Football and it which went something like this: “Hey, how what have you been doing with yourself?” Mr. Football said he joined the navy as a cook IN THE BRIG (i.e., the Navy jail). The nerd replied, “I joined the Navy too,” explaining how he became a lieutenant commander, a fighter pilot, and was working on his Ph.D. in some sort of engineering field.
#29 Live And Let Live
I ran into a guy from my high school who hung out with the “weird” crowd. They were often mocked for being into anime, but I always respected them for staying true to themselves.
He approached me at the local gym. He was very polite and respectful as always. We had a pleasant conversation in which he told me that he was working and playing in two bands.
I’m glad he came up to me, and I’m happy that he’s doing what he loves to do.
#28 Disney To The Rescue
#27 No One Said Vampires Can’t Be Pretty
#26 A Couple Of Wrong Turns
I dated the “weird kid” in middle school, but he moved away, and we lost contact. We reconnected when I was in college. He had dropped out of high school and was kind of lost in life. He’d gotten two girls pregnant and was working three jobs to pay child support. He flirted heavily with me when we talked, and I decided he wasn’t worth the baggage. Last I heard, he became a skinhead and joined an alt-right faction in Oklahoma.
#25 A Weirdo With A Condo
#24 The Terminator Goes To Harvard
He’s now a professor at a prestigious Ivy League school.
#23 Autistic, Not Actually Weird
I went to school in the late ’90s and this girl I knew of always seemed “off.”
I ran into her at a bar a few years ago, and turns out she was diagnosed with Autism. It completely makes sense now, but in ’90s Indiana, there was no real talk of autism or related disorders, so you just got labeled “weird” and that was that. Now she’s running marathons, attending graduate school, and is a spokesperson for autism. Couldn’t be happier for her!
He came out as gay just after graduation and is now living his best life as a drag performer.
It wasn’t so much that the school was homophobic (which it wasn’t), he was just projecting his confusion about his sexuality into some very weird behavior at the time.