James Alex Fields Jr., the alleged terrorist who is accused of driving a car into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., has apparently had a history of spewing hate towards minorities. According to a former teacher of Fields Jr., he was a known Adolf Hitler supporter, believes in white supremacy, and fascinated with Nazism.
A former high school teacher has come out claiming that in the ninth grade, Fields was suspected of having racial issues that were so obvious, school officials noticed. Fields, 20, is facing charges of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failing to stop at an accident resulting in a death after he drove his car into a group of anti-racism protesters on August 12, killing Virginia native Heather Heyer and injuring at least 19 others.
“Once you talked to James for a while, you would start to see that sympathy towards Nazism, that idolization of Hitler, that belief in white supremacy,” Weimer said. “It would start to creep out.”
It has also been reported that Fields’ mother, Samantha Bloom, claimed to have no idea that her son was involved in a white supremacists rally.
“I just told him to be careful,” she said, adding that she warned him, “to make sure he’s doing it peacefully. I thought it had something to do with Trump. Trump’s not a white supremacist”
Bloom also had a hard time believing her son supported the racist movement because of some of his friends. “He had an African-American friend,” she said, according to CNN.
Fields made his first court appearance today (Aug. 14), where no cameras were allowed and a judge has decided not to give Fields bail. His next court appearance is scheduled in a couple of weeks.
Source: The Root