New details have come to light about the mental health status of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter. According to a Feb. 18 Yahoo! report, Adam’s mother, Nancy Lanza, had been encouraging her son to be more independent in spite his mental illness.
Lanza had spent increasingly long amounts of time alone at his mother’s home in the months prior to the shooting. Adam allegedly shot Nancy in the head four times while she was sleeping at home before heading to Sandy Hook Elementary, where he killed 20 children, six adults and himself.
Lanza left Newtown High School to attend an area college when he was 16. He dropped out of college in 2010, despite receiving good grades. Adam had not attended school since.
Nancy’s friends say she had been making increased efforts to encourage independence in her son, who had been diagnosed with sensory integration disorder and Asperger’s. She had been making efforts to leave him home alone for extended amounts of time. Adam was 20 at the time of the shootings.
The Lanza’s struggle with Adam’s mental disabilities is shown in the documentary, “Raising Adam Lanza,” which airs tonight, Feb. 19, on PBS.