My Son Is the Next Adam Lanza
Liza Long: 'These boys—and their mothers—need help'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2012 2:10 PM CST
A boy with a developmental disorder.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Liza Long's little boy is a high-IQ math whiz who likes Greek mythology and Einsteinian physics. But when she tells the 13-year-old to change his pants, he can fly into a murderous rage: “You’re a stupid bitch," cries the boy—let's call him Michael. "I can wear whatever pants I want to. This is America. I have rights!" Then she'll rush him to a hospital to treat whatever mental illness he has—autism, ADHD, they're not sure. "I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza's mother," writes Long at Slog. "I am Jared Loughner's mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho's mother."

Long handles Michael on a fit-by-fit basis, hiding sharp objects or hugging him close whenever he becomes an enraged little monster. Then he usually comes home from the hospital sweet as pie with a new prescription—until next time. Social workers say Long could charge him with a crime that lands him in prison, but that's hardly appealing. What she really wants is help: "In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns," she writes. But "it's time for a meaningful, nation-wide conversation about mental health. That's the only way our nation can ever truly heal." Click for Long's full column.

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Dec 19, 2012 6:26 AM CST
Hey let him get his own money for Food , a roof over his head and a Pot to P_ss in and his aditude will change !!! If for the worse then he gets to spend the next 5 years in a boot camp , and he will see that if you act that way it will bite you in the B_tt !!! 1 no freedom and 2 if he pulls a stunt in there the rest of the boys will give him a Blanket Party !!! I don't advocate this action but Peer Pressure Works !!!
Dec 17, 2012 3:00 PM CST
I bet high-strung, desperate, overbearing, detail-obsessed mothers who use their children as a way to get attention for themselves while providing assault weapons and attempting to medicate them into submission don't bear any responsibility for these issues AT ALL... Sorry, I have no sympathy for bloggers who write about what a headcase their kid is; maybe spending more time parenting than blogging would help. Lanza's mother was "a well-known regular at the local bar, regarded as very-high strung", in other words, 'a hysterical alcoholic'. And because he was so 'deranged', she dedicated her life to monitoring his every move, full-time; what teenage boy wouldn't LOVE that? Honestly, who among us wouldn't eventually snap and go a little postal, if our whole life was being run by our hysterical, overbearing, alcoholic, survivalist-nut mother? Anybody? Sure, we all love our moms now, but at 20 years old, living under her thumb every second, who could stand that? Any time one of these cases turns up, I always find the information about the parents to be more revealing than anything said about the shooter. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.
Dec 17, 2012 2:05 PM CST
Nancy Lanza knew her son could be dangerous, yet she stockpiled high powered weapons in the house, stocked up on ammo and didn't lock anything away. She made it easy for Adam to do what he did. This is partly her fault, and she paid the ultimate price.