As the the story behind this horrible tragedy continues to unfold, we are finding out more about the dark side of the young man who violently took the lives of 26 people with the weapons owned by the first victim….his mother.
Adam Lanza was totally disconnected from classmates and teachers due in part to his lack of feeling physical and emotional pain. Richard Novia, the school district’s head of security until 2008, who also served as adviser for the school technology club, said Lanza clearly “had some disabilities.”
“If that boy would’ve burned himself, he would not have known it or felt it physically,” Novia told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “It was my job to pay close attention to that.”
“He would have an episode, and she’d have to return or come to the high school and deal with it,” Novia said, describing how the young man would sometimes withdraw completely “from whatever he was supposed to be doing,” whether it was sitting in class or reading a book.
Adam Lanza “could take flight, which I think was the big issue, and it wasn’t a rebellious or defiant thing,” Novia said. “It was withdrawal.”
Adam Lanza was home schooled after the 10th grade and was taught to shoot many types of guns by his mother.
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