A Connecticut 16-year-old arrested for fatally stabbing a classmate at school on Friday was described by some as the "class clown."
Classmates said Chris Plaskon had mood swings. He was joking with peers at Jonathan Law High School in Milford and other times he was depressed. A member of drama club, some say he may have suffered from attention-deficit disorder, the New York Post reported.
Plaskon allegedly stabbed 16-year-old Maren Sanchez to death Friday morning because she wouldn’t go with him to prom. He is currently under suicide watch in a psych ward under a 15-day emergency commitment order.
“Chris was always funny and happy,” fellow junior Mick Murray, 16, told The Post. “He made everyone laugh.”
Friends say the boisterous teen liked to be the center of attention.
“He was always kind of weird,” Murray added. “But nothing that made me think he would do this.”
Classmates told The Post that Plaskon had been obsessed with Sanchez for at least two years. They said he wouldn’t take no for an answer, even when Sanchez began dating one of his friends, Jarrod Butts.
Another former friend of Plaskon’s told the Daily Mail that Plaskon tried to kill himself last year, but called a friend at the last minute.
“He seems like a nice guy, but he’s the class clown,” said Sanchez’s best friend, 16-year-old Imani Langson. “Then, out of nowhere, he snaps and kills her. It’s obvious that he was planning this.”
Plaskon’s neighbor said the boy comes from a normal family.
“We couldn’t see this one coming,” a neighbor said on Saturday. “Something was very wrong."
Plaskon may not appear in court until mid-May, but attorney Richard Meehan told The Post that a judge could decide to charge him as an adult and the hearing could proceed in his absence.
“His family is devastated, not only for him, but the youngster who was killed,” Meehan said.