Adam Lanza's fear of being committed could be what sparked deadly Sandy Hook shooting
As more time goes by, we begin to get a clearer picture of Adam Lanza, his family, and what may have led him to commit the unspeakable crime where he shot and killed 20 kids and 6 adults, including his own mother. We reported yesterday that Sandy Hook shooter, Adam Lanza, suffered from Asperger's syndrome--a form of autism. Today, details have surfaced that indicate Lanza may have snapped because his mother, Nancy, had been taking care of legal matters in order to be able to commit him to psychiatric facility.
According to a local neighbor, Joshua Flashman, Nancy had been petitioning the court for conservatorship, which means she was trying to get legal rights to make medical decisions on her son's behalf, since he was already an adult, all in the hopes of having Adam committed. This may have made him angry and given him a motive to commit this gruesome massacre. Police agreed that this is possible and that Adam's fury may have derived from Nancy's plans to send him to a psychiatric ward.
As surprising as this news may be, this may be a legitimate theory as to why Adam just lost it and did what he did. There have been many reports claiming that his Asperger's caused him to cause such chaos, but as we explained previously, autism is not linked to violent behavior. There had to be something more underlying that drove him to commit something so horrid.
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More information has been released proving that there was more to it than his mental illness. Flashman shared that Nancy used to volunteer at the school, and would mostly work with the kindergartners. He explained that Adam may have resented the fact that his mother seemed to care more about the children and hated even more her plans to have him committed--which could have caused his anger. In addition, most of the children killed were first graders who were likely in kindergarten when Nancy worked with them.
Nancy had also been good friends with the school principal and psychologist--two of the adults Adam killed on that treacherous morning. Flashman said Nancy had even contemplated moving to Washington state to find better help for Adam, since she couldn't handle him anymore. He added that Nancy had begun filing paperwork petitioning the court to become his legal guardian with her plans to commit Adam.
What makes this story patchy and incomplete is the fact that Adam wasn't seen as someone violent. According to former Newtown High School classmate, Alan Diaz, Adam was a really bright kid who was just socially awkward.
"When I first met him, he wouldn't even look at you when you tried to talk to him. Over the year I knew him, he became used to me and my other friends, he eventually could have full conversations with us," Diaz recalled. He added that Lanza even comforted him when he was going through a rough time and he had heard him laugh.
Unfortunately, until investigators can put together significant evidence of his motive, Adam's crime is still misunderstood by many. Who knows if this troubled soul could have gotten help before he snapped and killed so many adults and children. We will keep you updated as this story develops and police get a clearer answer. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims' families and Newtown as they go through this dark period.
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