Kids slain at Connecticut school were 6, 7
December 15th, 2012
07:54 PM ET

Kids slain at Connecticut school were 6, 7

    • 20 children, six adults and the shooter are dead after shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday morning
    • Three law enforcement officials say Adam Lanza, 20, was the shooter, and that he died apparently by his own hand
    • Law enforcement officials say Lanza killed his mother, Nancy, at her Newtown home before going to the school
    • Victims' names released Saturday; all of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old
    • Complete coverage: Connecticut school shooting

[Updated at 7:54 p.m. ET] Peter Lanza, father of alleged gunman Adam Lanza, released a statement Saturday expressing condolences to the families of victims.

"Our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. No words can truly express how heartbroken we are. We are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can," said the statement.

[Updated at 7:26 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama will go to Newtown on Sunday to meet with victims' families and first responders in the evening, the White House says.

He'll also speak at an interfaith vigil for the school's families. The vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET Sunday.

[Updated at 7:12 p.m. ET] People are gathered outside Stratford (Connecticut) High School, for a vigil in honor of Victoria Soto, a 27-year-old first-grade teacher who was slain in Newtown.

Soto graduated from the Stratford high school in 2003.

[Updated at 6:22 p.m. ET] Earlier reports that the suspected shooter, Adam Lanza, had an altercation with four adults at the school on Thursday have been investigated and are not accurate, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation.

Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police noted in a news conference Saturday that he knew of no reports about Lanza being involved in any altercations at the school.

[Updated at 6:20 p.m. ET] Nancy Lanza’s brother James Champion, a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire, didn’t deliver a statement as expected. Instead, the sheriff of Rockingham County, New Hampshire, delivered a statement on the Champion family’s behalf:

“The family of Nancy Lanza share the grief of a community and the nation as we struggle to comprehend the tremendous loss that we all share. Our hearts and prayers are with those who share in this loss: their families, teachers, staff and the students of Sandy Brook Elementary school, the first responders, and to all others touched by this tragedy. On behalf of Nancy’s mother and siblings, we reach out to the community of Newtown and express our heartfelt sorrow for the incomprehensible and profound loss of innocence that has affected so many.

“The family requests that you respect their privacy during his time of anguish and loss.”

The chief of police in Kingston, New Hampshire, said that Nancy Lanza lived in Kingston for a good part of her life and was a "very, very kind, considerate, loving young lady."

"She was very involved in the community and very well respected."

[Updated at 5:51 p.m. ET] An uncle of suspect Adam Lanza, is expected to address reporters in the next few minutes in New Hampshire.

The uncle is brother of Adam Lanza's mother, Nancy Lanza. Law enforcement officials say Adam Lanza killed Nancy Lanza in her Newtown home before the shootings at the school.

[Updated at 5:39 p.m. ET] Here are the names of those killed at the school, as provided by state police. CNN.com is publishing the full names of children only when parents have spoken publicly:

Charlotte, 6; Daniel, 7; Rachel Davino, 29; Olivia, 6; Josephine, 7; Ana, 6; Dylan, 6; Dawn Hochsprung, 47; Madeleine, 6; Catherine, 6; Chase, 7; Jesse, 6; James, 6; Grace, 7; Anne Marie Murphy, 52; Emilie Parker, 6; Jack, 6; Noah, 6; Caroline, 6; Jessica, 6; Avielle, 6; Lauren Rousseau, 30; Mary Sherlach, 56; Victoria Soto, 27; Benjamin, 6; Allison, 6.

[Updated at 5:38 p.m. ET] In a tearful talk with reporters, Robbie Parker, the 30-year-old father of 6-year-old Emilie Parker, who died in the shooting, said she was an exceptional artist who delighted in making cards and drawing pictures for people who needed an emotional lift.

"She always had a kind thing to say about everybody," he said. "I'm so blessed to be her dad."

He was teaching her Portuguese, and the last conversation he had with her on Friday morning was in that language, he said.

"She told me 'good morning' and asked how I was doing, and I said I was doing well," he said. Emilie told him she loved him, and they kissed before they left the home Friday morning, he said.

[Updated at 5:33 p.m. ET] Robbie Parker, the father of one of the victims a 6-year-old girl told reporters that she was "always smiling" and would, if she were alive, be one of the first people offering comfort to the relatives of the victims.

He thanked everyone who was offering condolences, and he offered his own to others who are suffering - including the family of the suspected shooter, Adam Lanza.

"I can’t imagine how hard this experience must be to you," Parker said, referring to the Lanza family.

He said his 6-year-old daughter was the "best friend" to her two younger sisters, and was teaching one of them to read.

"They looked to her when they needed comfort," Parker said. "Usually that's saved for a mom and a dad, but it was sweet to see ... how they would run to (her) for support and hugs and kisses.”

[Updated at 5:08 p.m. ET] "There will be time soon for a discussion of public policy issues surrounding yesterday’s events," Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a televised address, "but what’s important right now is love, courage, and compassion."

"Love," he said, "as it has poured in from around the world.

"Courage, as it was demonstrated by the teachers and other adults in the school building, whose actions no doubt saved lives.

"Courage on display, as it always is, by all our first responders.

"Compassion, as shown by people around Connecticut who’ve arrived in Newtown wanting only to help."

[Updated at 4:39 p.m. ET] All of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old, according to information released by state police. There were 12 girl victims; eight boys. All of the adults killed were women.

[Updated at 4:13 p.m. ET] The victims at the school ranged in age from 6 to 56, according to information released by state police.

Eighteen of the victims at the school were described as female; eight were male. Twenty-six people died at the school, excluding the gunman. Twenty were children; six were adults.

[Updated at 4:11 p.m. ET] More on what the state's chief medical examiner told reporters minutes ago in Newtown: He said the "long weapon" was used in the shooting, and that the weapon caused all of the wounds that he knew of.

He didn't say what that weapon was, but a law enforcement source has previously said that the gunman was found dead with next to three guns: a semi-automatic .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle and two pistols made by Glock and Sig Sauer.

The medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, said he personally did postmortem examinations of seven victims' bodies.

“All the wounds that I know of at this point were caused by the one weapon,” Carver said.

[Updated at 3:58 p.m. ET] State police have released a list of those killed. More on that to come.

[Updated at 3:55 p.m. ET] The state's chief medical examiner says he believes all of the victims were shot more than once.

The medical examiner, H. Wayne Carver II, speaking at a news conference in Newtown, said that all of the victims died of gunshot wounds, and the manner of death was homicide. The seven bodies he examined personally had three to 11 wounds each, he said.

“I believe everyone was hit more than once,” Carver said.

Postmortem examinations have been performed on all of the children; examinations of most of the adult bodies will be finished by this evening, Carver said.

Examinations of the bodies of Adam Lanza and his mother will be performed Sunday, Carver said. Lanza died at the school; his mother was killed at her home in Newtown, authorities have said.

Police said a list of the victims' names would soon be published.

[Updated at 3:26 p.m. ET] Victoria Soto and Lauren Rousseau, both teachers at the school, are among the dead, according to friends and family members.

Earlier, CNN reported that princial Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach were among the killed.

Although authorities have identified all of those killed, they have yet to release a formal list of names.

[Updated at 3:06 p.m. ET] Investigators say they believe Adam Lanza tried to buy a gun at Dick's Sporting Goods in Danbury on Tuesday, but was unsuccessful, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN's Susan Candiotti.

Employees at the store some 12 miles from Sandy Hook Elementary have been interviewed and have searched the store's surveillance cameras for evidence that Lanza had been there.

Also, a second law enforcement source has said that Lanza was involved in some kind of trouble at the school earlier this week. The source said the altercation was between Lanza and four adults, and occurred Thursday, the day before the shooting.

Three of those adults, the source added, were killed during Friday's shooting.

The source was unable to say whether the disagreement took place inside or outside the school, but said that it apparently had something to do with him trying to enter the school.

(Update, 6:22 p.m. ET Reports that Adam Lanza, had an altercation with four adults at the school on Thursday have been investigated and are not accurate, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation. Also, Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police noted in a news conference Saturday that he knew of no reports about Vance being involved in any altercations at the school.)

[Updated at 1:36 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is expected to make a live, televised statement about the shooting, addressed to Connecticut residents, at 5 p.m.

[Updated at 1:12 p.m. ET] Investigators have been told that Adam Lanza had some sort of altercation with some people at the school a few days before the shooting, a law enforcement official told CNN's Carol Cratty. The official did not know the nature of the altercation or who was involved in it with Lanza.

[Updated at 11:59 a.m. ET] Adam Lanza tried to buy a gun in the area Tuesday before the shooting, a law enforcement source said, according to CNN's Susan Candiotti.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it is contacting shooting ranges and gun stores in the area to try to establish whether Lanza sought to purchase guns or practice using them.

[Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET] The gunman had access to more guns than the three found at the elementary school, a law enforcement source told CNN's Susan Candiotti.

Police recovered three additional guns elsewhere. They are a .45-caliber Henry repeating rifle, a .22-caliber Marlin rifle, and a .30-caliber Enfield rifle, the source said.

[Updated at 10:28 a.m. ET] The victims have been positively identified by the chief state medical examiner, state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said in a press conference Saturday morning. The medical examiner is expected to release their names and birth dates in the next few hours.

It appears that the assailant "forced his way into the school," Vance said. Detectives continue to investigate the crime scene and will remain there for at least another day or two, Vance said. So far, investigators looking for a motive have found "some very good evidence," that will help them paint a complete picture of how and why this happened, he said.

The home of a woman believed to be the gunman's mother is also being investigated. After killing his mother, investigators believe the gunman took her guns and made his way to the elementary school.

Help for victims of Sandy Hook shooting

[Updated at 10:13 a.m. ET] The victims' bodies have been transported to the Office of the Chief State's Medical Examiner, where a post mortem examination will be conducted to determine manner and cause of death, the Connecticut State Police said in press release.

[Updated at 10 a.m. ET] Friday's shooting has sparked passionate nation conversation on a variety of issues, from school safety and gun control to mental health treatment. In a heated discussion, CNN's Piers Morgan and guests debate the need for stricter gun control laws in America.

Updated at 8:45 a.m. ET] The suspect in the shooting may have had access to at least five guns, a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation said Saturday.

Three weapons were recovered from the school on Friday: a semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle made by Bushmaster found in a car in the school parking lot, and two pistols made by Glock and a Sig Sauer found with suspected gunman Adam Lanza's body, a law enforcement source said previously.

[Updated at 8:26 a.m. ET] Pope Benedict XVI expressed "his heartfelt grief and the assurance of his closeness in prayer to the victims and their families and all to affected" by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, in a letter to the Diocese of Bridgeport Administrator Monsignor Jerald A. Doyle.

[Updated at 4:50 a.m. ET] Father William Hamilton, a volunteer chaplain for 30 years with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in New England said the Connecticut school shootings is the worse thing he's seen in his years counseling responders and victims’ families. “It’s beyond the scope of imagination. Parents are not supposed to have to bury their children," Hamilton told CNN. "This is the Christmas season. This season will never ever be the same for these families. It will over time perhaps get better, but it will always be a part of their history.”

[Updated at 1:30 a.m. ET]  A  family member of suspected shooter Adam Lanza told investigators that he had a form of autism, according to a law enforcement official, who spoke under condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the investigation.

[Updated at 12:30 a.m. ET]  Despite earlier reports that said she was a teacher, Nancy Lanza, the suspect's mother, was not a teacher at the school where the killings took place, said Janet Vollmer, a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Not much is known about the suspect's mother or the suspect Adam Lanza.  In September 2009 - when Adam Lanza was 17 - his mother and father divorced, court documents show. What happened after that for him, what caused the shootings that has shocked the nation, isn't clear.

[Updated at 11:18 p.m. ET] Aimee Seaver, the mother of a first-grade girl at Sandy Hook and a fifth-grader who attends a different school, told CNN's Anderson Cooper that her children are having trouble dealing with what happened.

"It's a very rough night here," she said. "When your first-grader goes to bed and says, 'Mommy, is anyone from my class last year are they all OK?' and you look at them and say, 'I'm not really sure,' it's a rough night to tell that to your 7-year-old."

Her younger daughter has asked a lot of questions about Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who was killed.

“She got wind very quickly that something was wrong with our principal, which we didn’t tell her till just now that yes, she was definitely hurt and it wasn’t good," Seaver said. "It’s taking her a while. I think tomorrow will probably be harder for her.

“I also have a fifth-grader who came off the bus crying because she … had a sister who she was worried about, and … just basically left that school a few months ago. I think for a lot of those kids, they kind of are a little older and can get it a little bit faster, even though they weren’t in it.

“So the questions, I think, are coming. They’re not here, yet, especially for the littler ones. It started as I put them to bed tonight, the questions.”

[Updated at 10:50 p.m. ET] Janet Vollmer, a kindergarten teacher at the school, says she locked her classroom doors and to keep her students calm read them a story until the police came.

Vollmer, her 19 students and the adult helpers in her classroom were not injured.

"You could hear what sounded like pops, gunshots. Of course, I’m not going to tell that to 5-year-olds, so I said to them, ‘We’re going over in a safe area,'" Vollmer told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "And we read a story and we kept them calm, did a lockdown drill, closed the doors, locked (them), covered the windows, and kept the children with us.”

She said the children knew something unusual was going on.

“It didn’t seem a natural thing (to the children), although we do practice drills," Vollmer said. "We said, ‘We’re not really sure, but we’re going to be safe, because we’re sitting over here and we’re all together.’”

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  1. jonat

    Take a kid with autism and mainstream him in public school where he is teased and made to feel inferior=recipe for disaster

    December 15, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tomadzo

      Autism is NOT a mental disorder. It is a genetic disorder. Do NOT label these kids. They are NOT violent offenders. Please stop these accusations before you cause needlessfuture harm to thousands of children with Autism. I fearyou may hve just done more harm to many out of ignorance and fear.No matter what your intention.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      Please leave the analysis to those with knowledge and experience. You do not.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • BD70

      Whatever would make you think a child with austism feels inferior? Depending on the degree some are quite smart...like this one. Autism does not make you stupid.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Frozentundra

      It is a disservice to blame autistic people for people's violent behavior. This must stop now.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Bonnie

      Already an excuse is being given as to the mental state of the gunman. Let's not forget the real tragedy here. 26 innocent lives were taken yesterday. 20 of them children. Let's not glorify the person responsible. To give an excuse saying that he had Autism will only create an atmosphere of fear because now every time someone sees a person with Autism, they will use it as an excuse to treat them differently. We will never know why this happened. But let's not lose sight of those that deserve to be remembered. The 20 innocent children who will never know the future that was ahead of them, and the 6 adults who tried to protect them. And to the survivors of this tragedy. They are the true heroes.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • RunForTheHills

      It's the guns, not the bullying.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • aspie mom

      Autistic kids may be bullied and hurt, but they are not more likely to lash out than non-autistic kids. You don't know what you are talking about, so please refrain from spreading your ignorance!

      December 15, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Do you know a thing or 2 about autism. Please do not pass senseless comments about something you don't understand.

      December 15, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • DickPerry

      At least is sounds great when they are acoustic.

      December 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dean

    What a hero Janet Vollmer was. To keep calm and walk out unscathed, well done. That story she read them may well have not only kept them safe from physical harm but mentally put the kids in a better place as well. Thank you Janet Vollmer.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. JR

    They wouldn't say autism if the killer was hispanic or black.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tomadzo

      Autism is not the driver in this. Please do NOT use this as the excuse for the killers actions. There is too much we don't know yet, especially from an anonymous source. Don't relegate children with Autism to further hate or ostracism without knowing what you are talking about.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • gary

      Really nows not the time doesnt matter race devils come in all colors

      December 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Claire

      I agree. The fact that he was black or hispanic would BE the reason for what he did, to some people.

      December 15, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Claire

      Anyway, these mass killings seem to the the domain of young white men - Charles Whitman, Timothy McVeigh, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, and now Adam Lanza. Tomorrow it'll be some other angry young white guy mad at mom, his size, the world, whatever. I agree gun control is the answer, too. You're never going to stop these guys, or predict these guys, or "help" these guys. But you can take semi-automatic weapons out of their hands. The death toll and potential for death drops dramatically when someone has a knife in their hands (as just happened in China).

      December 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. J. Doe

    Anyone atheist converts now???

    December 15, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • hhh

      Nope! The exact opposite!

      December 15, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Frozentundra

      I see it the other way around. IF there was a god this would not have happened.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      If only more where...

      December 15, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Frozentundra

      So basically on your in-depth analysis you are saying since there is sin and bad people in the world who determine their own fate, this wouldn't have happened?? Everyone has to put on their big boy/girl pants and realize what is truth on their own. Unfortunately you can't always expect someone to do everything for you. It's a two way street......

      December 15, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • brittany

      God didn't do this. He gave us free will, and unfortunately people abuse that. Why didn't he stop it? why should he have? Those kids are now in a better place where they don't have to see or be subjected to that crap ever again. Also, God was taken out of school, by people he's expected to help? everyone dies; he can't save everyone.

      December 15, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Selmers

      In recent history, as more and more people push away God, would you say the world has become a 'better' place?

      December 15, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • DickPerry

      Yes. I just converted a couple of beers into urine.

      December 15, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ross_kramerov

      Did the shooter prove the existence of God by killing 20 innocent kids?

      December 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mm

    Interesting that they mention the 'form' of autism but don't mention any long-term use of meds that act upon the brain.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tomadzo

      If you know nothing then don't speculate on anything. You are only fear mongering.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      Please leave the analysis to those with
      knowledge and experience.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • charles

      They don't like your comment. But everyone knows psychiatric medications have a lot of unintended consequences. They must all work for big pharma.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • BD70

      Autism is not treated with Meds! Do some research.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kri

    If the boy had autism and the mother knew this why were the guns in access to him? As a mother of two children who does not own a gun but if I did it would be locked away with a key or code in a safe. And my children do not have autism. I just wish these guns would have been locked and in a safe place because apparently they were not.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tomadzo

      Plwase stop mentioning autism if you have no idea what it is. It is not a mental health issue. It is genetic and in no way connected to the killers mindset or actions.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Kri

      Regardless with ANY children in the house no matter their ages, the guns should have been locked up!

      December 15, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • BD70

      I don't consider a 20 year old a boy. Locking the guns away would do no good for a 20 year old man. Could be why his mother is dead.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • crystal

      this man was not a child. he was a grown man with mental health issues. autism is not a factor, guns in the home with children is not a factor. i am the mother of an autistic child, and because of this ignorance i am begining to fear how my child will be treated in the very near future. i am begging you, please arm yourself with information, not opinions!

      December 15, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • charles

      Everyone knows the autism has had significant increases over time, so the guy who said it's genetics must believe that we are devolving or could it be linked to vaccinations?

      December 15, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • R

      Autism isn't even in the same neighborhood as the type of issue this child likely had. Probably miss diagnosed.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. J . B

    My heart breaks for those poor parents......I cannot imagine a more emotionally-crippling event than losing a child....so sad...

    December 15, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. MN

    My deepest Sympathy and Condolences to all the people of Newtown, CN, and especially to the families of the deceased children and adults. Please know that they are in Heaven and in the presence of Jesus Christ.
    But, that the killer is not there, he is burning in hell for the horrible thing he did.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. MN

    My deepest Sympathy and Condolences to all the people of Newtown, CN, and especially to the families of the deceased children and adults. Please know that they are in Heaven and in the presence of Jesus Christ.
    But, the killer is not there, he is burning in hell for the horrible thing he did.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • lordnimrond

      What if the children weren't Christian, and didn't believe in Christ? Are they burning in hell too?

      I'm not sure I like your beliefs....

      December 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    This is what wikipedia has to say about a form of autism, "The hypothesis that individuals with Asperger's Syndrome are predisposed to violent or criminal behavior has been investigated but is not supported by data."

    December 15, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry

      Yes Dave, and Wikipedia is a truly credible source all over the world. It's a far deeper subject than Wikipedia will cover

      December 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 111Dave111

    Please leave the analysis to those with knowledge and experience.
    You can only cause harm.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • summer jenkins

      were u talkin to me

      December 17, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Amber

    Positive Support for People with disabilites and Positive Support for Caregivers of People with disabilites is the lesson here to learn; not better gun control, not better security systems in our schools and not better first responders' training. Unfortunately, yet ironically, the individualls grieving are now feeling the intensity of pain the young man and his family felt for decades. The young man and his family suffered, however, without the compassion, resources and understanding that the people who are grieving in CT are privileged to have right now.
    What to tell your children: "Do not tease, make jokes about or bully People with disabilites." "Positively, include People with disabilites." "Be proactive and look out for People who are hurting and reach out to them."
    What to model for your children: Not making jokes, teasing or bulling People with disabilites. Positively, including people with disabilites. Being proactive and looking out for people who are hurting and reaching out to them.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Leo

      Exactly!

      December 15, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      You and Leo must be insane. You can seriously compare these peoples pain to someone who might have been teased. There are 26 people who should be here instead of you.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Leo

      Ryan, you missed the point. This is not about comparing the pain of terrible loss of life, especially when innocent children are involved. This is about compassion of the society at large to people who are different (whether they have mental disorders or not). We don't know what drove this man to commit this terrible crime, but how many before him were called "loners" or "outsiders"? We all of them just a human waste or were driven to the point of no return?

      December 15, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Amber

      Ryan,
      Thank you!!!!
      Thank you for helping me, Amber, make my point.
      You indicating that insane people (People with a disability, a mental illness should be dead; that their life is less valuable than other people's: is the exactly part and parcel of the problamatic intolerace I, Amber, am referring to.
      Again, thank you for exemplifying for me the intolerance that truly does exist in our society.
      I will not be offended if you do not take the time to respond and instead take the time to educate yourself on the evidence based psychological and physiological damage that teasing, bulling and social alienation causes, especially for People with few coping supports/mechanisms/strategies/resources: i.e. People with disabilites and their Caregivers.

      December 15, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Angelia

    To bad he killed him self a firing squad with 36 parents I would have paid to watch.

    December 15, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Lisa

    Autism is not the cause of mass murder any more than being diabetic, asthmatic, blue-eye, or a brunette! I am a teacher with students on the spectrum and it is amazing that this disorder is even being discussed.There are many levels on the ASD spectrum and murderer is not one of them!

    December 15, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • April

      I have 2 sons with Autism. It really scares me what people will think of Autism now. I agree with you 100% having Autism doesnt make you do something unspeakable like this.

      December 15, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • R

      I agree. When I heard that I assumed that he must have been misdiagnosed.

      December 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MaddieD

    What would prompt someone to post such a horrible statement? What is wrong with you?

    December 15, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
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