Adam Lanza’s mother considered suing Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a new report, due to the intense bullying her son endured there.
Nancy Lanza reportedly believed teachers at the Newtown, Conn., school turned a blind eye to beatings and taunts Adam suffered from his classmates.
A relative, speaking to the N.Y. Daily News, claimed that mass murderer Lanza was ridiculed and attacked by fellow students at his boyhood alma mater.
“Nancy felt fiercely protective of him,” the relative said. “She was convinced the school wasn’t doing enough to protect Adam. It made her irate.”
Obviously a disturbed individual, Adam had been socially withdrawn for years. It's hard to pinpoint why or when it started, or if it could've been prevented.
Still, Nancy struggled with people bullying her son often, family members say, and even went to school in an effort to catch his classmates in the act.
“Adam would come home with bruises all over him,” the relative said. “His mom would ask what was wrong, and he wouldn’t say. He would just sit there.
“She was trying to get proof. She wanted to know where the bruises came from.”
Nancy considered a lawsuit against the school, though it's not clear if she pursued that. What is clear is that this was a troubled youth from an early age.
Relatives said Adam Lanza never seemed emotionally right after his time in Sandy Hook. Nancy Lanza switched him to another school after sixth grade.
“He was a sick boy,” the relative told the Daily News.
Mother and son shared a Newtown home where they were heavily armed with rifles, knives, Samurai swords, a 7-foot spear and 1,600 rounds of ammunition.
Investigators found a Sandy Hook report card inside the house, along with a holiday gift card from mother to son with a check for him to buy a new gun.
The tragedy has sparked nationwide gun control discussion, with Connecticut recently passing the nation's toughest laws; federally, the debate rages on.