Everyone remembers the weird kid from school from their school, it's hard not to. Maybe they didn't bathe, maybe they ate more Elmers glue than the average Joe, or maybe they just gave you the heebie-jeebies. We all knew, or at least hoped, that they were harmless and just being their unique selves. But what happened to them post-puberty? Or post-graduation?
Some of these kids grew out of their weird childhood behaviors and became stunning humans of society, while others were barely scraping the surface of their quirky characteristics. We've scanned Reddit and gathered up some of the most bizarre tales of childhood weirdos and where they ended up, and it's still leaving us shocked. This content was edited for clarity.
"He was weird, but always mad and very strong. My dad sent me a newspaper clipping a few years ago. He was around 40 and at a Country and Western nightclub when three men in their 20's jumped him in the parking lot. He then went inside and told the bar owner that he'd been jumped in the parking lot. He then told the owner to call the police and to make sure an ambulance was on the way because the 20-year-olds were hurt pretty bad. I ran into him a few years later and ask him about it. He said they shouldn't have jumped him.
He's about 5'10". It reminded me of when there was a high school basketball game, a 6' 8" student from the opposing team started after one of our classmates. The 6' 8" student had a football scholarship to a Division 1 school. When my friend saw what was going on, he turned to the 6' 8" guy, said, 'Hey,' and hit him once. The punch knocked the guy out not three feet from me."
"I ran into the kid who was effectively the school bully (he wasn't a physical bully but made fun of everyone and was just mean in general) at the bank one day and I didn't even recognize him. He walked up to me holding his daughter and gave me a classic white guy, 'Well by god, how the heck are ya!' This seemed crazy to me but he became the nicest guy in the world. Extremely well adjusted, great family, great career. He invited me to go out to the driving range the following Sunday and for whatever reason, I was inclined to go. We wound up hitting golf balls and smoking j's for most of the day and had a heart to heart. It turned out that he was terribly abused 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.
It explained a lot. Never judge someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes."
"I would occasionally drive past the 'penny kid' who was always walking around slumped in a leather jacket and greasy hair even if it was a hot summer day. I really had no idea what he was doing with his life but he still seemed 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 from this hobby and donated it to charity. I thought a lot differently about him once I found that out."
"The weird kid was a really smart dude at my high school; he was an amazing athlete as well but just the weirdest person you could imagine socially. He was never really bullied since 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 got a scholarship to a big D1 program to play football and got his chemical engineering degree for free. Turns out he does gay adult films now, though, and he's big in that industry. I guess he never forgave all those girls."
"There was a girl in high school who used to keep really to herself. She was super into anime. I just assumed she was shy so I'd make a point to have small chats with her every day until one day she said her pillow wasn't doing her right (apparently her pillow had a conscience and she used it to get off). We graduated a few months later. Fast forward to about three months ago, I was making coffee at a cafe when that girl walked up to me.
She was super polite and bubbly but as I asked how her day was going, she told me the demon who had forced himself on her was actually her guardian angel and she needed him around. I haven't seen her since."
"They were twins, the eldest of the two is in prison for forcing himself on women, assault, armed robbery, and grand theft auto.
The younger is the police officer who arrested him. The weird thing is that in high school, they were the complete opposite of what they are now."
"I saw him at a bus stop and I only managed to say, 'Hey, how are you? What are you doing nowadays?'
He responded, 'I'M A CAT MEOW MEOW,' and ran away across the road, where he almost got hit by a car in the process. I didn't see him come back to take a bus.
I suppose he turned into a furry or something."
"There was a weird kid in my middle school who would eat hand sanitizer, cut his fingers and write '666' on the classroom walls with his blood, and other creepy things. Apparently, he had a crush on me and asked me to the 8th-grade prom but I declined. Fast forward to the last day of middle school, I received a message from him on Facebook saying he had a huge crush on me and that he would kill himself if I didn't feel the same. I told him that despite what he had just sent me, I wasn't interested. A few months later, we started high school, but since there were four high schools in my area, a lot of us were scattered around and we ended up going to different schools. Through Facebook, I saw that he started a relationship with a girl that 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 and genuinely seemed like a great guy.
Around two years later (I was a Junior), I went to a local supermarket and just minded my business. The next day, I received a message from him on Facebook saying he was working at the supermarket and happened to see me. I messaged him back and apologized for not seeing him and saying hi. He then proceeded to apologize for all the weird middle school stuff and 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 Facebook, he became a workout fanatic and his body changed a lot. He also seemed to be going to college and spends a lot of time with his family. I'm glad he's doing fine."
"There was this very weird kid who was known for getting off in class in 8th grade and ended up dropping out of school. Last year, I saw on the news that he robbed a bank. He slid a note to the bank saying, 'I have a weapon, give me all of your money' and the bank teller handed him a bunch of $1 and $5 bills to stall while police showed up.
He left before police arrived but they found him shortly after because he left his entire handprint on the glass door when he pushed it open on his way out."
"I was the weird kid. My mom was never really around, I had no father figure, we lived in a half-renovated house with animal feces through it because my mom kept her dogs indoors 24/7. We were also extremely broke, to the point where my mom would go hungry to feed my sister and I. My mother, on reflection, was mentally unwell due to the depression of losing her mother two years prior. She still hasn't recovered to this day. I realized years later my clothes probably smelt like animal feces all the time. I had very few friends in high school. I ended up getting into dope at 13 to escape from my terrible life plus I had no boundaries or restrictions from any parental figures.
I also lived on my PlayStation and Gameboy due to not having any friends to actually spend time with, making me socially inept. Both my sister and I were eventually uplifted by welfare services and I ended up in a boys' home for three years, where I finally got the boundaries and basic care I needed. I had a great social worker who worked hard to set me up with a positive future despite my circumstances. I slowly gained social skills and realized I could have a normal life. After leaving school, I realized I had a strong work ethic that led me to work up to holding management positions in basically every business I've worked in since my early twenties. It also got me through university earning a Bachelor of Social Work. Now I'm a Social Worker supporting young adults to change the direction of their lives and to have a life they can be proud of. I've just been promoted to manage the service I work for and to grow the service so it can be extended to other districts. I guess I've done alright for myself when I look at where I've come from.
I am also happily married with three amazing kids, whom I make my life mission to have a better upbringing than the one I experienced.
My sister became a semi-pro athlete and also graduated from a university. She's in a long-term relationship and has a job that enables her to train for her sporting discipline.
My mom is doing ok. She's still not mentally there, but she is better than she was and she does try most days. She loves the grandkids and spoils them every time she sees them. She's got a job now and has held it down for a few months. Her decision making is still poor sometimes, but my sister and I keep an eye on her and challenge her decisions when they're not helpful to her quality of life."
"We had a kid that would do weird things in front of other kids for attention. He would 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, he saw her talking to a 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 even spoken to her before but he was seemingly jealous that she was talking to another guy. Then after he was released from prison for that, he took his mother's car on a joyride with two of his mates. He ended up crashing into a car with an elderly couple in it, then ran off, leaving his two mates dead and the elderly couple badly injured. I think he's still in prison for that.
The other one wasn't quite as bad but there was another weird kid who would talk to no one and would spend all day drawing graffiti in a sketchbook, which he guarded with his life. It wasn't good graffiti, he just kept drawing his tag in different fonts (I think it was 'Azpekt' or some other badly spelled word). If he spoke, it was usually just to tell people how great he thought Banksy was. He ended up spraying this tag all over our small and otherwise graffiti free English town and was immediately arrested after his old teachers recognized it. His sketchbook was used as evidence. He was then arrested a second time for spraying his tag on the side of the courthouse in front of half a dozen CCTV cameras. I bumped into him a year or so back and he now works for a charity which runs a kids' club in the next town over. He teaches kids how to skate and BMX as well as running street art classes where they legally decorate the skate park with graffiti."
"Pretty sure I was the weird kid, but the runner-up was a very nice but shy girl who immigrated from China and loved computers. She was incredibly meek- a conversation was like prying teeth. She would only make strange noises in class, etc. In hindsight, what little she said at the time made me realize now she was in an emotionally abusive household. For example, she had some small role in a school play in middle school, I was happy for her when I saw that her mom came since she said she doubted her mom would come. I asked her about it afterward 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, I can say I know how she turned out and it's a happy ending! We went to the same college and she was originally signed up for pre-med because even though this gal was a computer whiz, her mom insisted she had to be a doctor. Within a year though she rebelled against everything and became a computer science major (the horror!), and became a known source of advice for other kids of Asian descent, in particular, who sought to stand up to their parents' expectations. She's now a test engineer working for a household name computing company and posted pictures of international travel and various geeky hobbies.
So I guess she was great once she could find herself and most of the weirdness was imposed upon her."
"I was happy to find out what happened to this girl from middle school. She had speech issues and was not very attractive at all. She ended up getting surgery to clip her tongue and wound up 'developing' into a certified smoke show.
I ran into her at a bar in college and still to this day can't believe the transformation."
"I had a cousin the same age as me and I'd always get sent up to her room when we visited my aunt and uncles. I used to try keep my distance because she would always put on the Cruella Deville voice and try to kiss me and grope me. One time, she forced me to take my trousers down so she could go down on me by saying that she'd tell everyone that I tried to touch her. She ended up becoming a dentist. I ended up becoming an addict. It still creeps me out to this day that she works in a job where people are knocked out cold in her presence. We were 10, by the way. I am in no way blaming her for how I ended up but I find it odd that she ended up a respectful person with a good job and I ended up being considered the dregs of society.
Maybe bad things happened to her when she was younger? I haven't spoken to her in 15 years."
"He was the 'I don't talk to him unless I want to know the weird things' type of dude. He was nice, just very weird and nerdy. He got expelled for bringing a practice butterfly knife to school in the 4th grade (it was a little thing his cousin gave him, and it wasn't dangerous. Nothing sharp, just cool tricks). He went to a school about a mile away and we didn't see him until freshman year of high school. He turned from the smartest, weirdest kid we knew to a normal popular kid. He was a complete stereotype and pretended not to remember us. Then, something weird happened. One day, during an anatomy class, he made a joke that sounded like the old him, albeit a little weirder. I think the class snapped something in him because he got expelled again within a month for sneaking into the girls' locker room, hiding in one of the largest lockers, and peeking out through the ventilation. Before that, he was one of those people that would attend feminist marches with their liberal girlfriend.
Last I heard, he was in jail for selling codeine."