School Shooting : A Person Suffering From Chronic Mental Disorder With Abnormal Social Behavior

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Haley Schmidt VanHorn Composition and Grammar April 25th, 2015 Newtown School Shooting Psychopath: a person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior. This defines 20-year-old Adam Lanza who shot his way through the locked front entrance of Sandy Hook Elementary School with a Bushmaster AR-15 on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012 (Los Angeles Times). The results of this horrific massacre took the lives of 20 children and six adult staff members. This shooting changed the way society controls security, mental health and overall personal awareness towards these events. Newtown is a town of Fairfield County, Connecticut, located sixty miles outside of New York City. In the town there are approximately 27,560 people, and 8,325 households, with 44.5% of those households containing children under eighteen (Los Angeles Times). With this being said, Newtown is a fairly active community and never expected anything like this to come its way. Mass murderer, Lanza, shot his mom on his way to the school to then have access to her household guns. Around 9:30 A.M. he entered the school holding a Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle, openly firing his way in towards the main office (Sandy). He was dressed in all black clothes, a green utility vest, yellow earplugs and sunglasses. Principle, Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach were meeting with other staff members when they heard the gunshots. Hochsprung, Sherlach, and teacher Natalie Hammond went

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