Masood's former teacher said he was a very "bright lad"
Barry Kench, 71, described the depraved killer – who murdered four and injured 40 in the London attack – as a “very bright lad” who “never had problems” at school.
Mr Kench was head of PE at the Huntley School for Boys in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and spent five years with a young Masood, formerly known as Adrian Ajao.
The former teacher told the Sun: “I remember he was one of a handful of black children at the school at the time. As far as I remember he wasn’t bullied at school.
“He soon became part of the rugby team in his age group. I never taught him academic subjects but I know he was very academic, a very bright lad.
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“I’ve spoken to a former classmate of his and he said he used to sit next to him in French to copy off him.
"I really don't have a bad word to say about him as he was liked by his peers. He fitted in really well and I never had any problems."
According to reports, the killer was a “party animal” who went on marathon drug and sex sessions with prostitutes.
Masood fatally stabbed PC Keith Palmer in the attack
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The jihadi is said to have binged on a cocktail of drugs including crack cocaine and ecstasy which he went through “like a steam train”.
Alcohol and drug benders turned him violent, a former landlady recalled.
And after one four-day session, a junkie friend accused Masood – then known by his original name of Adrian Elms – of being an undercover police officer.
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Mr Kench expressed his shock and disbelief of Masood's actions outside Parliament on March 22.
He added: "When I found out it gave me a feeling in my stomach. It's difficult to describe how I felt, because it wasn't as if you could say to yourself, 'Well, he was such a troublesome lad that you could foresee him doing something stupid like that'."