Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
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Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
In 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother. He then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School and murdered 26 more people before turning the gun on himself.
There have been some truly despicable acts that have been carried out by people throughout human history, but there’s a certain spot in that list for those that do fatal harm to children. Because of that, Adam Lanza will always be remembered as one of the biggest cowards to ever live after what he committed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.
On that day, Lanza claimed the lives of 20 children, as well as several other adults that were working in the building. It brought up a lot of debate in the United States about gun control and mental health as it was one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history and the deadliest that’s ever been carried out at a school. If we’re lucky, there will never be another Adam Lanza again that’s able to create such a heinous act.
Lanza was born in Exeter, New Hampshire on April 22, 1992, and was a student at the school that her would attack later on. He lived with his mother in the town of Newton, and it was at an early age that he developed an affinity for firearms. Not only were there many guns in his home, but Lanza learned how to shoot them at gun ranges as a child. His mother, Nancy, had said that Lanza had anxiety as a child, but was still a solid student.
While growing up, Lanza wasn’t very social, wanting to get away from school as it was thought that he might be on the autism spectrum. His parents then homeschooled Lanza in his teenage years, eventually earning his GED that made him eligible for college. He got into Western Connecticut State University, though he wouldn’t finish his degree.
There had been warning signs for Lanza growing up, which caused his family to seek treatment for him that included heading to the Yale Child Study Center. The desire to seek this treatment became even more dire because of what Lanza had been creating while still enrolled in public school. For one assignment, Lanza was tasked with creating a comic book, and the results were disturbing. There were extreme acts of violence carried out in this book, and while that can be somewhat common, those that studied Lanza’s early life said it really caught attention from the faculty.
“While many children, and especially boys, of this age contend with anger and violent impulses in their play and creative productions, (his book) stands out, to mental health professionals, as a text marked by extreme thoughts of violence that should have signified a need for intervention and evaluation,” one author of Lanza’s story had said.
Since Lanza didn’t have many friends in real life while growing up, he turned to the internet to seek out people to talk to. This included one woman who remained anonymous that was contacted by Lanza in 2010. She described Lanza as “The weirdest person online” and that he “devoted almost all of his internet activity to researching and discussing (violence).” She added that Lanza was “singularly focused and obsessed” with crimes of high violence and mass casualties.
One of his teachers from high school. Jennifer Huettner, was also familiar with Lanza during his youth. “He didn’t want to be around people,” she said. “Our goal was to get him back in (public school)…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.” While she knew things weren’t quite normal with Lanza, she didn’t think that he was capable of the act that he perpetrated.
Even before arriving at Sandy Hook, Lanza had already begun his horrible crimes. At his home early in the morning on December 14, 2012, Lanza had taken his own mother’s life with one of the guns that was present, and then took her vehicle to the elementary school, taking just five minutes to get there. He used the guns to enter the building where he had first encountered members of the faculty that warned others to stay away while trying to subdue Lanza. Unfortunately, two of them were struck down to begin the attack, as Lanza made his way to the classrooms.
While some had survived with two suffering from non-fatal injuries, 27 people (including 20 children) had lost their lives at the hands of Lanza at just six or seven years old. Police were immediately called and dispatched just minutes after Lanza’s arrival at the school. By the time that they made it to the scene, they found that the assailant had taken his own life. The police didn’t know that the firing was over at the time, leading to a massive sweep of the school to make sure that the danger was now clear.
The response around the United States was contentious, with many pointing toward an increase in gun control as a way of making sure that shootings like Sandy Hook don’t happen in the future, with many also citing increased mental health awareness and treatment as a way of reducing violence. No matter what works for the future, though, it can’t change the past for the victims and their families at Sandy Hook and many of the other schools that have seen similar attacks.
Even years later, more headlines have been made from the 2012 attack, especially as the investigation finally closed after nearly five years. One former agent of the FBI, Manny Gomez, warned that situations like Sandy Hook are likely to be duplicated down the road. “There are a lot of mentally ill people that are actively seeking to copycat these types of situations,” he said. “It’s going to happen again if people do not step up and try to identify the next Adam Lanza.”