Wednesday the defense lawyers have brought to testify Tsarnaevs’s teachers for people to find out what kind of a child he was before him and his brother committed the tragic bombing during the Boston Marathon.
In 2002, he was only 9 years old and was enrolled to the Cambridgeport School in a class of students which was a mix of third and fourth graders.
At that time, Tsarnaev and his family had just moved to America from Russia and he was trying to learn English.
One of his teachers Catheryn Charner-Laird stated that as a child he was extremely hardworking, was very involved in his studies and tried hard to learn. There were times when he would find himself stuck because of not knowing the language but she recalled that he always wanted to do what was right.
The prosecutor wanted to point out if Tsarnaev was a smart child or not ad asked his teacher about that. The teacher replied that he was a smart and disciplined child.
It seems that the aim of the question was to question the claim brought by the defense that Tsarnaev had been influenced by his brother when he took part in the bombing.
Charner-Laird wasn’t the only teacher who had only good things to say about him.
Rebecca Norris, who teached Tsranaev in the seventh and eight grade, stated that he was very smart and was well behaved. In other words, Tsarnaev was an A student, didn’t have a rebel behavior and if he was asked to do a certain thing he would do it.
She added that he was one of the best students in school and was great at soccer and everybody believed he will get admitted in a very good college and become successful.
The defense lawyers have also brought as an evidence an older picture of Tsarnaev, from when he was a child. In the picture he is together with his older brother,Tamerlan, who was around 16 at that time. Tamerlan holds his arm around his baby brother and smiles at the camera.
Other witnesses brought to testify were two of the paramedics who handled Tsarnaev and his brother after a fire exchange with the police, days after the bombing took place.
Michael Sullivan, one of the paramedics stated that Tamerlan was very combative even if he had been shot by the police and his younger brother mistakenly run him over while trying to escape.
The medic recalled that Tamerlan tried to get up from the stretcher, yelled and tried to stop them from putting their hands on him. He added that his reaction is usual for people who suffered a shock. Later on, Tamerlan passed away at the hospital.
Laura Lee the other paramedic, said that Tsarnaev was conscious and aware when he was taken by the ambulance. He was found hiding inside a boat and he had suffered a gun wound on his jaw and several other injuries.
When they tried to tend to his wounds and put a bandage on his leg, he got mad and started to scream as the bandage appeared to be to tight.
He asked the paramedics about his brother and someone there told him that he was going to receive that answer soon.
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