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This program sensitively sheds light on the relationship between a
beleaguered, divorced mother and the troubled child she'd struggled to
set on the road toward independence.
Adam Lanza carried a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome and certainly was odd. And like lots of young people, he enjoyed playing violent video games -- but nothing in his history suggested he could ever act out in a dangerous way. Even so, it seems incredible that his mother, knowing him as she did, would leave her many lethal weapons unsecured. As one person interviewed here correctly points out, the Sandy Hook massacre wouldn't have occurred had she locked them up.
This Frontline episode hints that Nancy Lanza may have suffered from serious denial when it came to Adam, whose problems with sensory overload challenged his ability to do such simple things as walk down a crowded school hallway. Yet she was apparently encouraging him to take the monumental step of moving away to college.
The Newtown tragedy occurred shortly before Adam might have departed from his sleepy hometown. Could the pressure have caused him to crack? If so, that might explain his killing Nancy in her sleep -- but why on earth did he launch an assault on his former elementary school?
This show sheds some light on a horrible day in recent history. But there's much that remains troublingly unclear.
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