Agency: Schools Helped Lanza’s Mom ‘Appease’ Him

AOL, November 22, 2014

A new report asks whether the race and affluence of Adam Lanza’s family influenced decisions about how to care for his mental health problems in the years before he committed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

Among the findings in the report, which was released Friday by the state office of Child Advocate, is that Lanza’s parents and educators contributed to his social isolation by accommodating–and not confronting–his difficulties engaging with the world.

The report said recommendations from Yale psychologists that he be medicated and undergo rigorous treatment as a child for anxiety and other conditions were rejected by his mother, who eventually took him out of school.

“Is the community more reluctant to intervene and more likely to provide deference to the parental judgment and decision-making of white, affluent parents than those caregivers who are poor or minority?” the report asks. “Would (Adam Lanza’s) caregivers’ reluctance to maintain him in school or a treatment program have gone under the radar if he were a child of color?”


Research has found that upper-middle-class parents are far more likely to be resistant, defensive and even litigious when presented with treatment options suggested by school service providers, said Suniya Luthar, a professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, who has written extensively on the topic of affluence and mental health.

Deferring to those parents can have grave consequences, allowing nascent problems to escalate to serious and sometimes dangerous levels, she said.


The report concluded that Lanza’s autism spectrum disorder and other psychiatric problems did not cause or lead directly to the massacre.

But it found that his “severe and deteriorating internalized mental health problems” when combined with a preoccupation with violence, and access to deadly weapons, “proved a recipe for mass murder.”

Lanza killed his mother then shot his way into the Newtown school on Dec. 14, 2012, and gunned down 20 children and six educators before committing suicide.


Joseph Erardi Jr., who became superintendent of schools for Newtown this year, said the report will have great meaning if “there is one school leader, one district, one mental health provider or one set of parents who reads this work and can prevent such a heinous crime.”



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  • dd121

    Sometimes you can’t fix crazy.

  • B.A_2014

    I didn’t know Adam Lanza had mental problems. shouldn’t liberals be condemning the media portrayal of this disabled unarmed (well at least up until his last day) teen.

    • connorhus

      It has never been verified that Adam Lanza had any mental problems. The school system claimed he did but they always claim every Young White Male has a mental problem these days. His so called psych doctors records were very old if I remember right and nothing was current by any stretch. The story I mentioned below, that has since disappeared, claimed that it was in fact the elementary school Principal and counselor that was pressuring his mother into having him declared with a mental issue.

      There was a connection with that school, his mother and Adam and the US media and other powers have been covering it up or ignoring it on purpose.

  • connorhus

    I still want to know what happened to one specific article that came out about the Lanza case. It was from one of the British papers if I remember, which it is sad to say are usually more informative and factual about incidents like the Lanza case than American media. It reported that it was in fact the Principal of the school who was urging Lanza’s mother into having him diagnosed and institutionalized along with other staff members of that school. They showed pictures of Lanza’s mother with those administrators and interviewed friends of Adam’s who verified what they were attempting to do to that kid.

    Within a few days that article disappeared and I haven’t been able to find it since.

    There was more reasoning and specific targets for Adam Lanza’s mass attack and some claim the students were collateral damage as apposed to the main target the US media tried to claim.

  • Adolf Verloc

    Ironically, if a poor or minority child were put into treatment or institutionalized because their family lacked political clout, the kid would probably have wound up a hell of a lot better off than Lanza did.

    • propagandaoftruth

      The only way a White male of any age gets sympathy or pity is if he’s a flaming fruiter.

      Jesus, and they say it ain’t genocide?

  • John

    Curiously enough, the FBI does not list any murders having taken place in the Newtown, CT area for the year 2012. Read more about this anomaly at jimstonefreelance(dot)com.

  • [Guest]

    Meanwhile, masses of blacks and browns “engage with the world” in ways that are antisocial, and the country accommodates rather than confronts the issue.

    >>>…allowing nascent problems to escalate to serious and sometimes dangerous levels…

    That describes the situation in “post-racial” U.S.