Office of the Child Advocate Sandy Hook Report PDF


(CBS Connecticut) — The state Child Advocate today released a report on the deadly attack at the Sandy Hook elementary school.

The report’s authors try to find missed opportunities to treat or stop gunman Adam Lanza, during the course of his life.

They write that Lanza was completely untreated in the years before the shooting in Newtown, that killed twenty-six children and educators.

He showed communication and sensory problems, socialization delays and repetitive behaviors very young, and was seen at a New Hampshire intervention program when he was 2-years-old.

His problems worsened after the fourth grade.

His violent, graphic writings were unaddressed by the schools, and possibly unaddressed by his parents.

In the eighth grade, his mother took him out of school.

When Lanza was in the ninth grade, he was evaluated at the Yale Child Study Center, which said his withdrawal from school was accommodating Lanza’s problems, instead of treating them.

The center’s recommendations for extensive therapy was mostly ignored, and Lanza’s mother reinforced his resistance to taking medication.

The report found that the schools unwittingly took part in the appeasement of Lanza’s psychological problems, by failing to provide mental health services, and agreeing to let him study independently, and graduate early.

He spent more and more time isolated at his mother’s house, communicating with mass murder enthusiasts through email.

The report says Lanza’s shooting may have been stimulated by fears of leaving the comfort zone of his home, when his mother talk about moving out of Sandy Hook in 2012.

To prevent future acts of violence, the report recommends universal screening for mental health development problems in children and young adults through the age of 21.  The report says money must be spent in that area.

The report suggests improvements in coordination of care among mental health providers, similar to that provided for children with complex physical problems.

Improved mental health training is suggested for teachers, pediatricians, and parents.

The report urges the financial support be put in place, to allow mental health providers to serve entire families, instead of just the children suffering from mental health problems.

The authors write that officials must be willing to refer a child to DCF, if a parent is unwilling or unable to meet the child’s needs.  Yet they also say the healthcare system must be better at reaching out to parents who distrust doctors and schools.

The report found that mass murderer Adam Lanza’s parents got minimal mental health treatment for him, and that his mother was resistant to using medication, even though Lanza was profoundly impaired at various times by anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, autism, depression, suicidal ideation, and anorexia.


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