Not one person from Sandy Hook, Connecticut ever thought this sort of event would ever happen. On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members in a mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at his home in Newtown, Connecticut. After the shooting, Lanza successfully committed suicide before he was detained. Which left, the state, officials, and the entire country to question why Lanza would do such a horrible act of violence to innocent children and staff members of the school. Also, questioning the security of schools, and even our country. There are many conspiracies of the
Marc Lepine, a 25 year old boy entered the corridors of Montreal's École Polytechnique University and started separating boys and girls. He then opened fire and killed 14 girls (The Montreal Massacre – Gunman massacres 14 women, 1989). Looking into Marc’s case deeply and studying his childhood reveals that his actions can be significantly explained using psychological theories such as Miller and Dollard’s Four Stage theory, the idea of lacking empathy and Bowlby’s and Ainsworth’s attachment theory. This paper not only depicts the effect of the psychological deviant behaviours but also its connection to above mentioned theories. Steps have been taken to take this
As a child Adam lanza had little contact with his father and was not properly nurtured by his mother and the school he attended. As a result, his mental issues were allowed to get out of control and he ended up committing a horrendous crime. Everyone remembers the events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Before Adam Lanza decided to go to Sandy Hook with a gun, he attended there as a child. In 1998, Lanza began first grade and received speech and language services along with occupational therapy. When Lanza arrived in second grade he was removed from occupational therapy and in fourth grade was removed from all special education. This lead Mrs. Lanza, his mother, to write the school a letter voicing her concern.
On December 14, 2012 a very deadly and upsetting incident happened in Newtown, Connecticut. The murderer was later revealed as Adam Lanza. He was a 20 year old man who had been said to have been diagnosed with a sensory integration disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. For Lanza, growing up could be considered arduous. He had been in and out of treatment for multiple said “diagnoses” and other undiagnosed “problems”. He also took medication for his supposed OCD. His parents often would mistake his odd behaviors as a simple childhood or teenage stage. Before the school shooting, Lanza had killed his mother by lethal force at her Newton house. Lanza had shot 6 children and 20 adults fatally. After all was done, Lanza had committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
School shooters are becoming more common in todays society. Adam Lanza was a school shooter and he is 20 years old, born on April 22,1992. His family members are Nancy, Peter, and Ryan. His mother spent her time volunteering at women's shelters and at local schools. One of those schools were Sandy Hook Elementary. When Adam was little he was diagnosed in 2005 with Asperger's syndrome.
A casual day turned into a tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. The Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 was “the second deadliest shooting in U.S history” where Adam Lanza went on a killing spree shooting 20 first graders and 6 adults; he even took his own life as well. There was no clear indication why Lanza committed this mass killing at the elementary school. Reports have said that video games influence is motive to the killings because “he was so enormously isolated” that he would shut “himself in the bedroom and play violent video games all day” (Smith). He would create videos depicting gunshot suicides and pictures of himself pointing guns at his own head like he had seen in videos games. The violent video games had deeply brainwashed his mind making Americans believe that violent video games are a factor in contributing violence in people.
Since the late 1970’s, there has been a strong correlation between mental health disorders and the perpetrators of mass shootings. “Up to 60% of the perpetrators have displayed symptoms including acute paranoia, delusions and depression before committing their crimes” (Metzl & Macleish, 2015). In the case of Adam Lanza, infamously known for the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, the history of his mental illnesses is quite extensive. However, it has been discovered that when it comes to mental illnesses, it is not influenced by one factor, but rather many factors that have integrated into the individual’s life (Sue, 2014). These factors began affecting Lanza’s life at only two years old, continuing throughout his lifetime until his heinous act of murder at the age of twenty. Throughout his
As discussed and studied there are many who now have a hard time believing there psych disorders exists. Understandably so, because we find that it can become repetitive once a criminal has scene that there may be a way out of their consequence. Mr. Kenneth Bianchi is known as the Hillside Strangler and also a man who brought more skepticism to psych defenses in crime. This is a man who was caught and convicted for 15 rapes and murders. In his younger years you could say he has slightly a tragic story. His biological mother was a drunk but “was adopted at birth and had a love-hate relationship with women even as a young child.” (Bio, 2017)
There are thousands of problems troubling our society today, one being the increase in school shootings. In this case Sandy Hook Elementary School where 22 year old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 people, 20 of which we children. The investigators at Sandy Hook looked towards science to determine why Adam Lanza did this. The scientist found one factor that stood above all the rest. Adam’s increase in violent video games he played, such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Grand Theft Auto. Each of these games give a 1st person view of killing civilians and the realism of death.
Adam Lanza, a 20 year old young adult, was a frequent player of “call of duty”. He is the reason why twenty-seven lives were lost on December 14, 2012. Lanza open fired at kids and adults inside Sandy Hook Elementary, injuring many, and killing twenty plus people. Subsequently, killing his mother and himself. Investigations show that Adam Lanza used the game “call of duty” for his training. Researchers are convinced that intense gaming can disrupt the mind into thinking about anger and aggression. A college psychologist held a test to help prove this theory. He first registered the behavior of forty-six undergraduates, then had them play “Mortal Kombat” for fifteen minutes and recorded their behavior afterwards. The results show that the students acted more audacious when the game was over. Scientists predict that as more games release with better graphics, that the violence will only sustain at higher rates.
Screams filled the air as teachers and students ran down the hallways through twists and turns to escape the horrifying noises behind them. Hearts pounding with adrenalin the teachers franticly looked for a safe place to hide their students and themselves. Adam Lanza had entered Sandy hook Elementary only moments before and was now reeking havoc throughout the school! With an AR-15, a 10mm Glock, and a Sig Sauer according to CNN (Almasy, Steve. 2012, pg1) Adam Lanza was fixated on one thing. Mass murder. As the gunman rushed through the hallways and into random rooms no one was subject to his fury and he was shooting everyone who was unfortunate enough to cross his path. After what I’m sure felt like hours 26 teachers and students laid dead before Adam Lanza took his own life. This was by far one of the worst school shootings in the US and only falls in comparison to the largest school shooting in history “Virginia Tech” according to CNN.com (CNN, 2014, pg1) These story’s of horror will live on throughout the generations to come and will be discussed in great detail for what I presume will be indefinitely. Although there are a numerous amount of speculations as to what the motives of theses shootings were and the underlining reasons as to why both of these rampages where committed one of the largest and most thought of causes is video games. The Thought that video game violence could have been the main reason behind the rampage sparked interest after the first shooting was
Now with these cases, there were many other factors that led these kids to bring guns to school, but a majority of the cases had shooters that were avid violent video game players. By looking into school shootings, the topic of violent video games has come into the public eye, which are causing people to believe violence is an outcome of playing these games. School shooters can be linked with playing violent video games dating back to 1997 to present day (Anderson). One of the more recent people to be involved in a school shooting is Adam Lanza. He was the 20-year-old shooter that went to Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newton, Connecticut where he shot his mom, 20 kids ages 6 to 7, 6 faculty members, and himself on December 14, 2012. Investigators say that Lanza did involve himself with playing violent shooting video games. Of course, playing those games were not the underlining reason for killing all those innocent people, but it definitely could have had some play in his
Wuornos never received the lasting psychological connectedness required to function as a contributing member of society and this was particularly prevalent in those most important teenage years. Wuornos’s aggressive narcissism, antisocial lifestyle and her inability to comprehend her emotional states that predisposed, triggered and consequently perpetuated the seven predatory and serial homicides. The available evidence further suggests that her inability to form attachments, her learned violent behaviours and biologically inherited aggressive nature were all contributing causes to her socioeconomic issues. Further evidence supports Wuornos’s inherited predisposition for antisocial behavioural disorder and a number of other mental disorders. Thus, Aileen Wuornos is a useful case study for the application of psychological theories which explain the behaviour of female serial killers, given the accumulation of factors which led to her actions as a serial killer in the early
Picture this. December 14, 2012, is a date that will be remembered not for honor, but for the deep pain, it has left. Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School by Adam Lanza 20 years old, who killed himself after having committed a tremendous atrocity. Adam Lanza was an expert in computers and enjoyed video games, but he had a particular obsession with a video game about terrorists and his preference for a military-style semi-automatic rifle. Numerous events in American society have shown that video games have harmful consequences ranging from adverse physical effects to psychosocial and mental disturbance.
August 12, 2013 Adam Lanza shot 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary school. Investigators went looking around at addresses in Adams GPS to find out that he went to a theatre quit often and found out that he went to a theatre and played one specific arcade game every time he showed up. A few times the manager had to unplug the game just to have him leave the theatre before closing.