Adam Lanza 'Had Episodes': Club Adviser
'Frontline' airs first special on suspected school shooter
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2013 8:32 AM CST
This undated file photo circulated by law enforcement and provided by NBC News, shows Adam Lanza.   (AP Photo/NBC News, File)

(Newser) Frontline aired Part One of its special on Adam Lanza last night, and the tech club adviser who befriended Lanza said in an interview that the teen "had episodes" in which "he would completely withdraw." Richard Novia recounts one overnight trip when Lanza had such an episode: "He completely withdraws from the social activity that you’re involved with," Novia explains. "Will not communicate. Adam, what’s going on? No answer." It got so bad that Novia called mom Nancy Lanza to pick her son up.

Novia thinks the episodes were triggered by any change from routine or "excitement." Crowds also put Lanza on edge, Novia recalls, and he tried to avoid them in the halls, which sometimes meant waiting til they passed and being late for class. But did Novia think Lanza was headed toward violence? "No. Not at that time," he says. "Not at that time he was not." Novia confirms that Lanza did, however, enjoy violent video games; he says Lanza's favorite was World of Warcraft. Frontline also obtained copies of emails Nancy Lanza sent to a close friend, including one in which she talks about her Green Beret brother teaching her how to defend herself.

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Feb 21, 2013 3:40 AM CST
Seems much too easy to blame violent video games for the actions of crazy people. What did people blame before when murders happened? My college freshman boy and his large group of friends, including some girls, all play video games, probably some of them war games, I don't know the games that well. They play together in one of the kids' homes, or with each other when they're all in their own homes. They are a wonderful group of young men and women, footballers, thespians, future engineers, future counselors, marine biologists, doctors, etc., focused strongly on school, but do games for relaxation and fun. True, they also go to movies, sports games, specialty stores (cards), etc., and there is not a crazy among them. My kid's friends have always been welcomed in our home, and we know them all well. The most important element in a kid's life is good parenting--something so sadly lacking in the lives of these mass murderers. Not to mention psychiatric help for someone like Adam Lanza, although it seems his mom was crazy too.
Feb 20, 2013 7:38 PM CST
LOOK at this crazy...they want to ban guns and ammo for all americans, because of the actions of this nut case. The free people of the US should be encouraged have firearms at all times by their side because of freaks like him! Some are just looking for an excuse to ban guns and ammo. Want a poor excuse. Look at the picture of him, you don't have to be well educated in any area of expertise to see that he is a problem child!
Feb 20, 2013 12:40 PM CST
What's to be gained going over it and over it again? There's plenty of finger pointing to go around but sadly there is still no predicting for mass killers. Curiously they are 99% male. But what does that tell us? Yes it's our mental health system, school system, Dept. of Children and Welfare, the media, gun laws, divorce, video games, bullying, peer pressure, drugs, it's all those things and more. Where's the X Files when you need them?!