According to a new report, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter locked himself up in his basement for ‘hours on end’ to play violent video games. Did this affect his mental health?
One week after the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., victims are being buried and the schools are reopening. Yet, no one in the devastated community is any closer to understanding why 20-year-old Adam Lanza would violently murder 26 people, including 20 young children. A new report says that Adam was a very anti-social person, and that he spent hours in his basement lair playing gory video games such as “Call of Duty”, and the walls were decorated with posters of militia and guns.
The Lanza family’s former plumber spoke about Adam’s reclusive behavior. “It was a beautiful house, but he lived in the basement,” says Peter Wlasuk to the New York Post. “I always thought that was strange.” The report notes that Adam sat for hours on end in his windowless basement den, where he studied images of guns, and obliterated virtual victims in his video games.
Is this a sign that Adam was unhinged?
His former barber also confirms that he was anti-social. Bob Skuba says that Adam’s mother Nancy Lanza answered all his questions for him, and that Adam was always silent. “He would just be looking down at the tiles… the whole time.”
Nancy and her former husband Peter divorced three years ago, and according to a family friend, Nancy struggled as a single mother. Adam is said to have suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, a type of Autism that is not normally associated with violence.
“It was really hard for her as a single mother,” says Rich Collins, a family friend. “It’s hard enough raising an autistic child.” He continues, “I think it’s important to get that part of the story out – that an unmarried woman was trying to raise an autistic child on her own. I think she needed more support.”
Prior to the massacre, Adam killed his mother in her sleep. He later killed himself.
The massacre has been noted as the second deadliest school shooting in American history, and it looks like the families of the victims will be looking for answers for a long time.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Adam’s addiction to video games had anything to do with the attack?
– Eleanore Hutch
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