There were many red flags in Adam Lanza’s life in the years before he killed 20 elementary students in Sandy Hook, according to a report released Friday by Connecticut’s child advocate.
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The gunman in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings showed an early preoccupation with violence, became increasingly isolated, and had been diagnosed with autism, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder — but he received minimal treatment, according to a report released Friday.
Even though the parents of the gunman who took the lives of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School allowed doctors from Yale to share information with the school system, not all of the information was transmitted, according to a new report Friday from the Office of the Child Advocate.
Medical professionals and school staff missed multiple opportunities to help Adam Lanza with his severe emotional and psychiatric disorders before he burst into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, and shot dead 20 children and six educators, a Connecticut state review panel has concluded.
The report, based on a comprehensive examination of the medical and school histories of Mr. Lanza, 20, found he was “completely untreated in the years before the shooting” for psychiatric and physical ailments like anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and was also deprived of recommended services and drugs.
The parents of Adam Lanza failed to comprehend and address the depths of his mental illness even as his Connecticut schools, pediatricians and psychiatrists struggled to coordinate their increasingly fraught efforts to help him, according to a report released Friday.
A new report on Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza finds he was mentally ill, anorexic, and untreated by his mother. There were troubling warning signs, but they weren’t picked up on.
“…Mrs. Lanza’s approach to trying to help him was to actually shelter him and protect him and pull him further away from the world, and that proved unfortunately to be a tragic mistake,” said Dr. Julian Ford of the Department of Psychiatry at the UConn Health Center.
A report on the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting highlights numerous missed warning signs concerning Adam Lanza before he killed 20 young students and six adults at the school. The report comes down hard on the school system and Lanza’s first victim, his mother. Elaine Quijano reports.
A report released today by the Office of the Child Advocate on the Sandy Hook School shootings finds missed opportunities and failures by health care providers to fully realize the depth of Adam Lanza’s mental illness.
Professor Julian Ford with the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice at UConn Health was one of six primary authors of the 112-page report released Friday.
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