Jennifer Huettner, And The Adam Lanza She Knew

Like everyone else, Jennifer Huettner agonized last Friday. As the news from Newtown went from awful to unfathomable, she had special reason to worry.

Jennifer is Staples High School’s beloved, energetic Latin teacher. But for 11 years, starting in 1999, she taught at Newtown High School. She lives just minutes from the town, and remains closely connected to it.

After lunch on Friday — she ate alone in the language lab — someone said Ryan Lanza was the killer. Jennifer could not believe the news. She’d taught him for 4 years. “He’s a gentle soul,” she says. “He wouldn’t hurt a fly.”

New information soon named Ryan’s brother Adam as the murderer.

Jennifer spent 3 years as Adam’s teacher.

Jennifer Huettner. Her green ribbon honors Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Jennifer Huettner. Her green ribbon honors Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“He had Asperger’s,” Jennifer says, confirming media reports. After being home schooled in 7th and 8th grades, Adam took freshman classes in a portable classroom at the high school. He was 13 years old.

“He didn’t want to be around people,” Jennifer explains. “Our goal was to get him back in the building.”

Adam’s mother Nancy would drop him off, then sit in the next room while Jennifer worked with him.

“He was very OCD. He’d clean the desk with Purell,” Jennifer remembers.

“He had a great ‘Latin mind.’ The language is very structured, and that fit well with him. He always knew the answers — but he wouldn’t say anything.

“The day he made his first joke, I almost cried.”

The next year, Adam moved into the high school building.

The photo of Adam Lanza, seen around the world.

The photo of Adam Lanza, seen around the world.

“He trusted me,” Jennifer says. “He started talking — that was a big thing. And he looked at me, with big eyes.” They were not the same eyes, she says, that the world has seen in “that horrible picture.”

Every day as a sophomore “he wore the same uniform: a blue shirt and khaki pants. He probably had 5 sets of them. The next year, it was a green plaid shirt.”

And — as Newtown students have reported — he always carried a briefcase.

“The hallways were narrow. It was difficult to walk through,” Jennifer says. “Adam would have his shoulder against the wall, with his briefcase out to protect him. He always took the same route, and never deviated from it.”

But, Jennifer says, “I never saw him lose it, or have a tantrum.”

Newtown students — like those she knows now at Staples High — are “very respectful of differences,” she says. “There was never any meanness or bullying. They’d ask Adam to sit with them.”

After 3 years Adam left Newtown, to take classes at Western Connecticut State University. Jennifer says he earned his GED there.

“I understand he dropped out of WesConn after 2 years,” Jennifer continues. “Then he sat in his basement for 2 years. Something happened.”

The Newtown High School logo.

The Newtown High School logo.

The Adam Lanza who killed his mother, 20 children and 6 adults — and then himself — “was not the Adam I knew,” Jennifer says. “It was very disturbing to hear he’d done this — to realize the impact he had on the world. I have no idea where this awful, horrible thing came from.”

Jennifer knew Adam’s mother Nancy, too. “She dragged me to Red Sox games — even though I’m a Yankee fan,” Jennifer says. “She always got great seats.” They went to New York together too.

Jennifer knew that Nancy grew up on a New Hampshire farm. But, Jennifer says, she never talked about guns.

As difficult as the past week has been, Jennifer has been buoyed by her classes. She told her Latin 4 students — ones she’s had for her 3 years at Staples — that she taught Adam, and that when she knew him, he wasn’t the monster he’s being portrayed as. They hugged her.

On Tuesday, when the “Good Morning Staples” TV show broadcast an emotional interview with 2 Newtown High students, Jennifer “bawled like a baby.” Senior Joe Greenwald immediately embraced her.

Staples High School, earlier this week.

Staples High School, earlier this week.

Jennifer loves Staples High School — and Newtown High. On Wednesday she did what she’s done for years: drove there to time a basketball game.

It was the Nighthawks’ 1st contest since the tragedy. Before tipoff, the gym was filled with hugs.

As friends and colleagues told Jennifer about the overwhelming support they’ve received from around the world, she cried with them.

The next morning, she was back teaching at Staples High School.

“I love Latin,” Jennifer says. “I love it here, and I love Newtown. Then I close my eyes, and I see the horror that went on last week. But I open them, and I know I have to be here for my kids.”

Just as she has been throughout 3 decades as a teacher. And as she was, for 3 years, for a student named Adam Lanza.

71 responses to “Jennifer Huettner, And The Adam Lanza She Knew

  1. Kerstin Warner

    My heart goes out to Jennifer. Teachers, like parents, care and worry about their students long after they leave our classrooms. As we all try to make sense of what took place in Newtown, I feel urgently that we must not stigmatize people with Asperger’s. No two humans are alike – and a person is not defined by their condition. It only adds to my sorrow and feeling of loss to read Jennifer describe a boy much like many children I’ve had the pleasure to know over my 25+ years of teaching. I’ve been lucky enough to hear about the successes and happiness of some who have kept in touch with me. We may never know the ‘why’ behind the tragedy – all I can take away from this is to be more present in the moment, and bring more compassion to all who cross my path in this life.

  2. Thank you

  3. I, too, fear that Asperger’s and autism may become the scapegoats for this tragedy, when I believe something else was in the mix.

    This excellent posting highlights the fact that the massacre has left many, many victims in its path.

  4. Chou Chou Merrill

    Amazing article. Crushingly sad from all angles. Well done, Dan.

  5. Mary Kuechenmeister

    Well done, Dan. Thank you.

  6. Great article.

  7. Very moving article. Makes you wonder what happened those two years in the basement.
    As soon as I heard mention that Adam had Asperger’s I thought – wow, this is really going to hit the autism ‘community’ hard. My boss has an elementarty school son with autism … we were talking about the shooting as details (many of them incorrect) unfolded on Friday. Since hearing of the autism link I haven’t heard her speak a word of the massacre. And I’m afraid to ask why. I hope this doesn’t cast a bad light on autistic children and adults. Something happened to Adam, and we’ll never know what made him snap.

  8. Thank you Jennifer, for your comments, and as always, thank you Dan.

  9. Cristina Negrin

    We are all asking the same question “why?”
    I’ve heard over and over surely someone must have known or suspected he was a very troubled individual yet this was left perhaps to “someone else” will do or say something.
    A really moving story was written starting “I am Adam Lanza’s mother”.
    See if you can publish it Dan.

  10. Garry Meyers, Former Special Education Teacher at Staples HS

    A poignant and meaningful perspective by a true teacher.

  11. vickysloat@gmail.com

    “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother” is from the Huffington Post. It illuminates the tragedy of a terrible mental illness, and the need for better mental health care. It’s a heartbreaking story that explains a lot, and points to a practical path to follow. Yes, there are reasons this happened, and there are things we can do to make sure it doesn’t again.

    • Party On, Brotha

      It was reposted by the Huffington. The original article is by Anarchist Soccer Mom. Anyone can google it.

      And no one should be surprised that Dan has not posted it — because then he’d be focusing one of the major factors here, instead of waging a lopsided crusade against the NRA and gun control. Which, by the way, I am not a member of (and all for gun control).

      You do a great disservice to the nation, however, by focusing on only one issue. It’s shameful.

      • He’s not, Brotha…the people commenting may be focusing on one issue, but Dan is NOT. Read ALL his pieces, and the comments after. Besides, if that was the case (and I do not think it is) that he was focusing on only one issue, then so be it, it is his right to do so.

        • Of the approximately 25 articles posted here since December 14, 2 have been about gun control , (“Mary Sings and Karl Talks”: partially about gun control – NOT Dan’s words, “Reflections: Dave Stalling” : about responsible gun ownership – NOT Dan’s words). But I do believe Dan can defend himself and responsible discourse is healthy, hardly shameful or a “lopsided crusade against the NRA.”

      • You couldn’t be ore wrong, brotha, in every one of your points, including what has and hasn’t been focused on here

        • Can you point out the articles where Dan takes on mental illness or our culture of violence like he has taken on gun control and the NRA in the last week? I’ll wait for the list.

          • Moving Forward

            Who cares. Everyone understands gun restrictions are not the entire solution, but they are part of the solution. When did we get so far from common sense.

            Please suggest some simple, common sense legislation relating to mental illness or our culture of violence that would help solve the problem. Not very easy.

            Now, restrict citizens from being able to purchase semi-automatic machine guns which serve literally no purpose other than mass-killings. It would make it much harder to carry out these massacres and had virtually no negative impact on anyone but gun lobbies. Can you suggest one Anon?

      • If it’s so shameful, Brotha, why don’t you stop reading the blog and cancel your subscription? You could even ask for a refund. Good luck with that.

        • Party On, Brotha

          Just as Dan has the right to post his biased agenda, I have the right to speak out against it.

          You already want to take away the second amendment. Now you’re suggesting we take away the first amendment, too.

          • Actually, technically you don’t, at least not on Dan’s blog (and the courts have ruled accordingly). However, to Dan’s credit, he does allow other viewpoints, no matter how far from reality or combative they may be (not implying you are, Brotha…)

            • Party On, Brotha

              “Actually, technically you don’t, at least not on Dan’s blog (and the courts have ruled accordingly).”

              Please enlighten those of us who know nothing, and just provide the proof.

  12. Serious scoop, Dan, in every aspect.

    Well done….

    Barbara Kellerman

  13. I agree with Party On, Brotha. I lean towards thinking we should not be giving this guy the publicity. It will motivate others who also want to be in the limelight.

  14. Linda Gramatky Smith

    Thanks, Dan and Jennifer, for the most insightful article on Adam.

  15. Moving Forward

    The focus is on gun control because issues like mental health are extremely complex (as this article shows). In contrast, the fact that an average citizen shouldn’t be able to purchase a semi-automatic machine gun seems common sense to me. I can’t think of one logical reason – not based in some obscure theory about the framers of the constitution – not to create this restriction. Can anyone provide one?

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    • Moving Forward – you are mistaken.. The AR 15 is NOT a machine gun, it is a semi-automatic rifle. There is a big difference. As far as the average citizen being able to purchase one, the better question is why shouldn’t I be able to? Just because a few crazy people happen to use them for tragic means does not mean that I should not have one. As far as your comments on the “farmers of the Constitution” you are a disgrace for showing such disrespect for something that this country was founded on and which has provided the freedoms that you enjoy living here. What you don;t understand is that this is not about finding a reason to prove that we should have them but about you providing a reason as to why not. Your disturbed version of common sense is the same kind that would say you don’t want trained armed guards or police in the schools because that would be horrible but it is totally natural to have them guarding air ports, capital buildings, banks, priceless paintings jewels etc etc. I don’t know about you, but my child is more valuable than any of those and it would be crazier to be protecting all those other things with armed guards and not my son.

      • As you can tell from the posts here, there is only a slight regard for the facts. The fact that an AR-15 is not a machine gun, means nothing when you are ranting on about the evils of gun ownership. Fortunately there is a Constitution standing between law-abiding citizens and the zealots; many of whom were willing also to do away with first amendment guarantees when the Obama team was spinning its lies of how a video was responsible for the deaths of four Americans.

  16. There is a very obvious explanation to his breakdown which has been completely and surprisingly overlooked by the media. This kid had extreme Transitional Anxiety, needed his life to be ordered and structured just so. Had extreme fear of being out in the world. When faced with moving out of state to go to college (or to be “committed” which i sincerely doubt) but in any case, nancy was looking to help him by getting him out of his shell and this sent him into total panic and hysterical meltdown.

  17. 06880′s coverage of the Newtown shooting tragedy has been invaluable
    in its compassion and perspective.
    Main Street media ‘s yammering has too often played towards a strident simplification of storylines. The ground level intimate and excruciatingly human narratives from Karl Decker and now Jennifer Huettner (on the community, the victims and their killer) — these are the voices that can help us most make sense. Again, it’s not surprising that a teacher is the one to offer insight – to force our hand in not oversimplifying the complex arrangement of forces that unraveled a week ago in Newtown.

  18. There are plenty of mentally ill people who do not go shooting up children.

  19. Please, this guy was a cold blooded killer. Let’s not make him out to be some F’n angel the took the wrong path. He should rot in hell for eternity. Look at his picture. He looks like a killer. What a nut job. If he would have just shot himself in the head instead of killing all of those innocent children.

  20. Where is his father and brother??? I hope authorities find an explanation of what kind of person this was!!!

    • As already reported, Peter Lanza had moved to Stamford and was not always in contact with his son. Ryan Lanza had lived in New Jersey since 2010 and has reportedly not talked to his brother since 2010.

  21. Still want to know which drugs he was prescribed. There is a link to prior mass shootings and psychiatric drugs. Everyone I’ve known to take them that wasn’t violent before the drugs became suicidal or violent towards others.

  22. Thank you, Jennifer. Peter Lanza needs to come out of hiding and bury his son. He is Adam’s father and his next of kin, painful as it may be for him, it’s painful for everyone.

  23. Thank you. A good perspective for all of us to keep in our hearts. Sending heaps of supportive thoughts and prayers from Seattle, WA.

  24. Very painful, sad situation but the facts are very clear Adam was an evil monster and despite his personality issues he is not a sympathetic figure in any fashion. Why the mother had six military grade weapons in that house with his conditions is beyond an irresponsible act. Having lost a family member to a violent act I can tell you the families will never be whole again-if the concept of hell is a real place may Adam and his mother reside their and suffer the consequences.That house also needs to be demolished ASAP so the families don’t need a daily reminder of this outlandish act.

  25. Marianne Goodell

    Thank you Jennifer for showing us the human side of Adam Lanza. Adam and his mother are souls who also lost their lives last Friday. If we do not open our hearts to them, and people who are suffering the way they both must have, and we continue to shun them, or even wish them dead, then we are perpetuating the violence we now live in fear of. 28 human beings died last week, a bell must toll 28 times.

  26. Thank you for this story. There have been so many stories ready to crucify Adam as a monster born to a soul-less mother…but none of us know what really happened in his life. Nothing will make what happened any less tragic than it is, but our culture of hatred and witch-hunting has got to stop. We need more compassion. More compassion for ourselves and those around us is what is going to help us as a human race. We can not control others, we can only control how we act. We can not pin point what “exactly” it was that set him off..in my thoughts i think it was a mixture of a lot of different things. Love is the answer though–for the Nancys of the world..for the Adams of the world.

  27. THE DRUGS HE WAS ON… IT’S BEEN MENTIONED AND BURIED,AND IGNORED, AND CENSORED, BUT THERE IT IS. HE WAS ON PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION FOR ASPERGER’S WHICH IS WRONG IN THE FIRST PLACE. THANK YOU SAHLA FOR BRINGING IT UP BUT ALMOST NO ONE IS LISTENING. MORE SCARY THAN THE MURDERS THEMSELVES IS THAT WHAT DRUG(S) ADAM LANZA WAS ON (OR WAS WITHDRAWING FROM) WILL MOST LIKELY BE SUPPRESSED. YET WE KNOW THAT PSYCH MEDS CAN AND DO CAUSE SOME PEOPLE-YOUNG AND OLD-TO MURDER THEMSELVES AND/OR OTHER PEOPLE INCLUDING AT TIMES THEIR OWN OR OTHER’S CHILDREN.

    T’S NOT THE PATIENT’S RIGHT TO PRIVACY THAT’S BEING PROTECTED. WHEN WE AREN’T INFORMED WHAT DRUGS THESE PREVIOUSLY NON-VIOLENT PEOPLE WERE ON (INCLUDING JAMES HOLMES AND I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT VIDEO GAME VIOLENCE-) IT’S THE DRUG COMPANY’S NEED FOR SECRECY SO WE’LL REMAIN GOOD LITTLE SHEEP WHO SNORE THROUGH THE LONG LIST OF OFTEN HORRIFYING SIDE EFFECTS. IMAGINING OF COURSE THAT IT WON’T HAPPEN TO US, BUT HOPEFULLY SOMEONE ELSE.

    SO WHAT IF THESE “MEDICATIONS” HELP SOME PEOPLE FEEL BETTER IF THE COST IS SOMETIMES MURDER ITSELF? THE NEGATIVE CANCELS THE POSITIVE MAKING THEM COMPLETELY USELESS. MY BEST FRIEND WAS ON PAXIL AND HAD HORRIFYING DREAMS OF KILLING PEOPLE WITH AN AXE AND NEARLY HAD HER CHILDREN TAKEN AWAY FROM HER. SHE WAS DEPRESSED AND BECAME MENTALLY MURDEROUS. IT TOOK SIX WEEKS FOR THE DRUG TO GET OUR OF HER SYSTEM. THE HORROR STORIES GO AND ON AND YET WE AREN’T IN THE STREETS DEMANDING THESE PANDORA’S BOX/RUSSIAN ROULETTE DRUGS BE REMOVED FROM THE MARKET.
    https://www.rxisk.org/Default.aspx
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Healy_(psychiatrist)

  28. Thank you for this story. There have been so many stories from mass media ready to crucify Adam as a monster born to a soul-less mother to satisfy our primative minds…but none of us know what really happened in his life. Nothing will make what happened any less tragic than it is, but our culture of hatred and witch-hunting has got to stop. We need more compassion. More compassion for ourselves and those around us is what is going to help us as a human race. We can not control others, we can only control how we act. We can not pin point what “exactly” it was that set him off..in my thoughts i think it was a mixture of a lot of different things. Love is the answer though–for the Nancys of the world..for the Adams of the world.

    I also think something that is not being looked at enough are the pharmaceuticals.

  29. In response to anonymous “all we need is love”…really, truly imagine suddenly a stranger holding a gun to your child’s face…go ahead and throw some love at them, see how that turns out.

  30. Reblogged this on iheariseeilearn and commented:
    A Teacher’s Story…

  31. If you can’t get people to agree, you come up with a middle ground. A compromise is what is needed. It probably won’t eradicate the problem over night, but would reduce the incidents and be most certainly a move in the right direction…: http://gnstr.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/quagmiric-impasse/

  32. Both he and is mother should have been under the care of a Psychiatrist. Where did the mother get the idea to introduce guns into the unstable household? A real tragedy for all the victims and the community. People need to seek mental health care, rather than put the innocent at risk.

  33. rfatherley@optonline.net

    Dear Dan Woog,

    Thank you for posting this a most amazing story …it keeps us humble in assessing the situation.

    We all want to find a place to put the blame but this seems like such a layered story we may never find the true force that made Adam go over the edge to do such a horrendous act.

    We need gun control but not for everyone to start, out of fear, to begin carrying a gun. The underlying reason for our violence in all of us is what we need to investigate and learn to control.

    Julie Fatherley

  34. Reading the article from the Latin teacher brings the same question to me about Adam’s mother.Right from the beginning I had a terrible feeling Adam and his mother had a strange relationship.Killing his mother first with her gun seems to me a big problem between the both of them.A mother having that many guns also brings a question why.I believe we don’t have to look into Adam’s life.From the little I read this woman is a controlling person. His mother’s life needs to be looked into good by our federal investtigators.The ex husband and son will have to live with this horrible tragedy.Will there be a guilt from having the money and could they have prevented this horrible tragedy.

  35. Bottom line…Pills and Big Pharma and Big $$$. Prescriptions passed out like jelly beans by doctors trained in medical schools which are mainly funded by big pharma companies. Look up Dr. Ann Blake Tracy for all her years of research, her book & writtings on what these prescribed medications do to people. From Columbine to Andrea Yates murdering her five children, etc.

    • You offer a cop out. No one is forced to either take medication or give medication to their children. If you don’t want the meds; don’t take them. The bottom line is personal responsibility; saying “the devil made me do it” does not convey absolution.

  36. George Robbins

    Thanks for writing this great piece Dan. Many commenters here are simultaneously hilarious and sad. It’s obvious we will all never agree on gun control, but it’s also obvious that it’s time for some serious, rational, compromise.

  37. Thanks for posting this Dan. Very sad and tragic. Still hard to believe. I can only imagine what the people in and around Newtown are feeling.

    • Such a jaded and manipulated view. It tarnishes the good work that many pharmaceutical companies do.

  38. Dear Jennifer, thank-you for sharing your story on Adam and thank-you for being there for him. It sounds like he was a very dear and special kid who just needed someone like you to reach out to him. It is so tragic that so much precious innocence has been lost including his own. I pray that Jesus has saved his dear soul and that he is no longer suffering from the anxieties that both disabled him and perhaps claimed his own life so. God’s Blessings to all the families who have lost a loved one.

    • Adam was a dear and special kid just the same as Jeffrey Dahmer or any other mass murderer. He killed 26 people he had never met, so he ranks up there with our worst mass murderers in the US. Do I think he had a mental health issue? Sure, and so did Dahmer, Gacey, etc. – but that in no way excuses any mass murder from the same judgment: guilty of an unspeakable crime against humanity. He is not a poster child for Aspergers and should not be associated with that disease – Adam was a mass murderer and that’s all.

  39. FDA reported side effects. Perhaps only 5% of side effects are reported to the FDA
    Zoloft: 66 homicides, 33 murders. 840 completed suicides
    Paxil : 115 homicides and 60 murders. 2,397 completed suicides.
    Cymbalta: 29 homicides. 638 completed suicides
    Wellbutrin: 7 murders, 10 homicides.1,458 completed suicides
    Prozac: 113 homicides, 12 murders. 1,158 completed suicides
    Xanax: 31 homicides, 8 murders. 2,367 completed suicides
    Celexa: 38 homicides. 1,426 completed suicides.
    https://www.rxisk.org/Research/SpecialtyFilter.aspx?SpecialtyFilter=4
    https://www.rxisk.org/Research/SpecialtyFilter.aspx?SpecialtyFilter=7

    In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration received 179,855 reports of serious or fatal adverse drug reactions. This was an increase of 15,386 reports (9.4 percent) from the 2010 total. Reports reached the FDA through two mechanisms. Voluntary reports from health professionals and consumers and reports from manufacturers.”
    http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/healthcare/Drugs-most-frequently-reported-for-adverse-reactions.html

  40. As the article states, it was not a scientific study. No one is forced to take any of the drugs.

  41. Thanks, Dan. It’s nice to have some insight to humanize this needless tragedy rather than to just dismiss it as a freak of nature.

  42. I commend you Jennifer Huettner for speaking out about Adam Lanza. You are a great woman with a good heart. You have given the people the truth and not just what they want to read. Many people want to believe Adam Lanza was a monster. Perhaps it is because it makes them feel better to be able to think of how many different ways they could kill him, how they could hurt him, or “drag his lifeless body all over the streets” as I read somewhere, or blame his mother for what he did. If they didn’t know him or the family personally and spent time with them then who are they to judge them. My heart aches not only for the victims and their families but also for Adam Lanza , Nancy Lanza and their family. We may never know what went through the mind of Adam Lanza or why he committed such a horrific crime but what I do know is when we have so much hate, rage and judgement in our hearts we to become monsters.

    • As a mom of a child with Asperger Syndrome, I have a few insights:
      - We do not casually put our kids on meds. We turn over every rock to use therapies and accommodations first. Still, though, our son had to be put on antidepressant and antipsychotic medication, which has shown nothing less than miraculous results for our son.
      - Our son also had to be removed from mainstream school and be homeschooled. This was a very difficult decision, one I would not have been able to make without a matter-of-fact developmental pediatrician who helped change my paradigm. I had to quit my job to do this. He now goes to an amazing school that systematically exposes him to more kids, and is intensively therapeutic. The decision to send him there was easy for me, though my husband found it hard due to the very high cost, and we moved half way around the world and changed jobs to do it. Why Adam’s parents did not send him to a school like this, since cost would not have been much of an issue? It was probably a big paradigm shift, one they needed someone to convince them it is best. That even though their move to Connecticut started Adam’s downward spiral, this move would reverse the decline.
      - Lack of social motivation is not at all a criteria for an autism diagnosis; my son is highly socially motivated. It is a criteria for certain personality disorders. Adam clearly had more going on than Aspergers/autism.
      - I have no idea why Adam’s mom kept the guns in the house after Aurora; I know Aurora sent shivers across the community of parents of kids with neurological differences and surely she had at least passing thoughts on her son’s similarities. I know how these kids have their special interests and once an interest is established, it is hard to influence the interest. Perhaps the guns were the only mechanism she had to reach her son.

  43. quote: “In contrast, the fact that an average citizen shouldn’t be able to purchase a semi-automatic machine gun seems common sense to me.”

    You obviously know nothing about firearms. 1. There is no such thing as a ‘semi-automatic machine gun’ 2. “Average citizens” cannot legally purchase or possess machine guns. 3. Adam didn’t purchase/own/use a ‘machine gun’ to commit this horrendous act. The only firearm control needed to prevent this act was “parental weapons control”.

    By the way..Which type of “guns” did Tim McVey use to kill 168, and injure 800 people in Oklahoma City? Are you aware of the fact that the primary weapons of choice at Columbine were bombs not firearms?

  44. Wow i am really impressed by your article, i was wondering may i use your article in my upcoming book, by your kind permission??

  45. Speaks The Truth

    To gain context on what has happened to mental health care in the U.S., read the excellent book “Anatomy of an Epidemic” by the noted science writer Robert Whitaker. It clearly proves that the “pill model” of mental health care is a failure. Many parents of children with conditions such as Adam’s turn to psychiatry when their child is having a difficult period , and are placed on often dangerous psychotropic drugs. The pharmaceutical industry has suppressed the dangers of the drugs for the sake of sales and we are all the worse for it. Here’s hoping that this time – finally- the truth will out.Perhaps every doctor who prescribes any drug known to cause violence such as homicide or suicide will be required to submit the person’s name to a registry and every one listed there could be prevented from owning a gun. Three professions will fight such a thing tooth and nail – the pharmaceutical industry, psychiatry – as prescribing pills is about all they do anymore, and the advertising industry – the U.S. is only one of two countries permitting direct-to-consumer advertising (the other is New Zealand).

  46. One phrase “The kids were afraid of him”. How come nothing been said about this. Also, a message to educators: You are there to help, but are not paid babysitters. Was this Emily Lanza’s concept of teachers?