As the race is on to try and understand who exactly the perpetrator of yesterday’s Sandy Hook Elementary school shoot out was, the dire persona of 20 year old Adam Lanza is slowly beginning to be laid out for examination.
It should not be lost despite best intentions, the aim of the media at present is to try to gain a foothold into the young man’s mind as to what preempted his murder spree but one ought to be wary of the demonization that may now come about as well, something that may have perversely led to the young man striking at the community given reports that he was vilified at school of being ‘not with it’ a ‘freak,’ and a ‘mental freak.’ Something that his mother Nancy Lanza may have unwittingly abetted to in her attempt to shield him from a world that had little capacity to understand him and in the end a world that Adam Lanza became increasingly disillusioned with as time went on.
huffingtonpost: WASHINGTON (AP) – He was an honors student who lived in a prosperous neighborhood with his mother, a well-liked woman who enjoyed hosting dice games and decorating the house for the holidays.
And there may lie the first clues as to the trauma of the young man who yesterday morning is said to have had an argument with his mother before then killing her and taking a flotilla of guns she kept at the family home and driving off in her car to Sandy Hook Elementary school where she once taught and where he also once attended and unleashed his venom. Interestingly he had dressed in all black and with body armor which would most certainly infer he had long planned the attack.
To suggest that Adam Lanza was perceived something of an anomaly could possibly be the understatement of the year, something that the young man was very heartfelt aware of all his life.
abc: In school, Lanza carried a black briefcase and spoke little. Every day, he wore a sort of uniform: khakis and a shirt buttoned up to the neck, with pens lined up in his shirt pocket.
He hated being called on by teachers, and it seemed to require a physical effort for him to respond. He avoided public attention and had few, if any, friends. He liked to sit near the door of the classroom to make a quick exit.
He even managed to avoid having his picture in his high school yearbook. Instead of his portrait, the space reserved for Adam Lanza says “Camera Shy.” And unlike most in his age group, he seems to have left little imprint on the internet – no Facebook page, no Twitter account.
And then there’s via salon which portrays the young man as bright but possibly heavily oppressed by various mental and medical conditions, which possibly led him to react violently, although one shouldn’t necessarily correlate mental disease or medical conditions as the precursor to violence:
So far, little is known about the 20-year-old who barely had a digital footprint, and didn’t even have a Facebook profile. That is surprising not only because of his age but because he appears to have been a good student who was really interested in computers and was part of a technology club at Newtown High School. One source tells the New York Daily News Lanza “was like one of these real brainiac computer kind of kids.” One thing everyone seems to be able to agree on is that Lanza likely had some sort of mental disability or developmental disorder. One law enforcement official tells the Associated Press Adam Lanza might have suffered from a personality disorder and the New York Times reports that several who knew Lanza in high school had been told he had Aperger’s syndrome, a high functioning form of autism.
And perhaps what may make the whole trauma of yesterday’s shoot out even more perverse is the fact that the medicine Adam Lanza was taking may have inadvertently facilitated even wilder mood swings, feelings of suicide (reach the warnings of prescriptions to see for yourself) which raises questions of our society’s dependence of pills to treat conditions that may have really more to do with society’s inability to accept behavior, viewpoints and attitudes that don’t closely correlate the preferred dogma which so often breeds resentment a feeling of deep alienation amongst those afflicted as well as sense that they are being bullied on.
Perhaps this is why the young man went back to his old school, the feelings of deep resentment and humiliation never squared away and add that to a mother who meant well who may have constantly reminded him of his supposed deficiencies by keeping him segregated from the balance of society because he simply didn’t act, dress or think the way he was expected to.