Mother's Plans to Commit Adam Lanza May Have Driven Massacre
According to Joshua Flashman, 25, an acquaintance of the Lanza family and son of a pastor at an area church, Adam Lanza may have snapped due to his mother’s plans to involuntarily commit him. “From what I’ve been told,” Flashman said to Fox News, “Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed. 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.”
Law enforcement officials involved in the investigation told Fox News that rage at his mother over “future mental health treatment” was a factor being examined in the investigation. The Washington Post reported earlier that Nancy considered moving to Washington state to put Adam in a special school.
Flashman said that Nancy Lanza, Adam’s mother, had filed paperwork to have him committed. No court had heard about Adam’s case yet, which would have been the next step in involuntarily committing him.
Flashman also connected Adam Lanza to Sandy Hook Elementary School; Nancy was close friends with the school’s principal and psychologist, whom he murdered. She also reportedly worked with first graders and kindergarteners at the school. Flashman explained: “Adam Lanza believed she cared more for the children than she did for him, and the reason he probably thought this [was because] she was petitioning for conservatorship and wanted to have him committed. 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.”