The Motive: Fear of Being Committed To A Psychiatric Facility

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NEWTOWN, Conn. –  The gunman who  slaughtered 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school may  have snapped because his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric  facility, according to a lifelong resident of the area who was familiar with the  killer’s family and several of the victims’ families.

Adam Lanza, 20, targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after  killing his mother early Friday because he believed she loved the school “more  than she loved him,” said Joshua Flashman, 25, who grew up not far from where  the shooting took place. Flashman, a U.S. Marine, is the son of a pastor at  an area church where many of the victims’ families worship.

“From what I’ve been told, Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for  conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed,” Flashman told “Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just  wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I  think this could have been it, what set him off.”

A senior law enforcement official involved in the investigation confirmed  that Lanza’s anger at his mother over plans for “his future mental health  treatment” is being looked at as a possible motive for the deadly shooting.

Flashman was told Nancy Lanza had begun filing paperwork to get  conservatorship over her troubled son, but that could not be confirmed because a  court official told such records are sealed. The move would have  been necessary for her to gain the legal right to commit an adult to a hospital  or psychiatric facility against his will. A competency hearing had not yet been  held.

Adam Lanza attended the Sandy Hook School as a boy, according to Flashman,  who said Nancy Lanza had volunteered there for several years. Two law  enforcement sources said they believed Nancy Lanza had been volunteering with  kindergartners at the school. Most of Lanza’s victims were first graders sources  believe Nancy Lanza may have worked with last year.

Flashman said Nancy Lanza was also good friends with the school’s principal  and psychologist—both of whom were killed in the shooting rampage.

“Adam Lanza believed she cared more for the children than she did for him,  and the reason he probably thought this [was the fact that] she was petitioning  for conservatorship and wanted to have him committed,” Flashman said. “I could  understand how he might perceive that—that his mom loved him less than she loved  the kids, loved the school. But she did love him. But he was a troubled kid and  she probably just couldn’t take care of him by herself anymore.”

The Washington Post reported that the distraught mother had considered moving  with her son to Washington state, where she had found a school she thought could  help him. Either way, according to Flashman, Nancy Lanza was at her wit’s  end.

A separate neighborhood source also told that Nancy Lanza had  come to the realization she could no longer handle her son alone. She was caring  for him full-time, but told friends she needed help. She was planning to have  him involuntarily hospitalized, according to the source, who did not know if she  had taken formal steps.

Multiple sources told Adam Lanza suffered from Asperger’s  syndrome , a form of autism, and other unspecified mental and emotional  problems.

Adam Lanza has also been described by those who knew him as highly  intelligent, and a spokesman for Western Connecticut State University told The  Associated Press he took college classes there when he was 16, earning a 3.26  grade point average and excelling at a computer course.

Alan Diaz, 20, who was friends with Adam Lanza at Newtown High School, said  the Lanza he knew was ill-at-ease socially, but not a monster.

“He was a wicked smart kid,” Diaz told by email. “When I first  met him, he wouldn’t even look at you when you tried to talk to him. Over the  year I knew him, he became used to me and my other friends, he eventually could  have full conversations with us.

“I’ve heard him laugh, he has even comforted me once in a hard time I had,”  Diaz said. “A big part of me wishes I never dropped contact with him after he  left high school, felt like I could have done something.”

Flashman said nobody will completely understand why Adam did what he did.

“No one can explain Adam Lanza besides God and Adam Lanza, and I don’t even  think Adam Lanza could explain Adam Lanza, to be honest with you.”

Source: Fox News 

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