Kyle Rittenhouse Wants to Be ‘Normal Kid’ After Acquittal: Mom

  • Kyle Rittenhouse wants to be a “normal kid” after his acquittal, his mom told Fox News.
  • Wendy Rittenhouse said Sunday the 18-year-old “does have remorse” about what happened.
  • She said Rittenhouse, who was enrolled at Arizona State University, wants to study again.

In the wake of his acquittal, Kyle Rittenhouse wants to go to school, play with his dog, and just be a “normal kid,” his mom told Fox News.

Wendy Rittenhouse told Fox News on Sunday that even though her 18-year-old son is now a free man, she worries life will “be different for him” because there will be people out there who “want to hurt him.”

“He wants to go to school. He wants to play with his dog, Milo, and be a normal kid,” she said. Rittenhouse was enrolled in Arizona State University before the trial.

Her comments come after a jury acquitted the teenager of all charges, finding him not guilty of fatally shooting two men and injuring a third during a protest in Kenosha last year.

The verdict on Friday sparked protests in several cities across the country, NPR reported.

Speaking about the verdict, Rittenhouse’s mother said: “It’s not about winning or losing. There were two people that did pass away and families have grieved.”

She also said her son “does have remorse” about what happened. “Talking to him now, he would have never gone down there if this would have ever happened again. He would never,” she said.

The 18-year-old has already given his first interview after the verdict, speaking to Fox News’s Tucker Carlson.

In a preview of the interview — due to air in full on Monday night — Rittenhouse says he supports the Black Lives Matter movement and insisted that he is not racist, seeking to counter motives commonly ascribed to him around the trial.

David Hancock, a spokesman for the family, told reporters outside the Kenosha courthouse on Friday that they plan to do “whatever it takes” to protect the teenager. 

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