Nancy Lanza, mother of the 20-year-old Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter, Adam Lanza, reportedly took parenting classes as part of her divorce decree in 2009.
Ms. Lanza, 54-years-old, divorced her husband of 28 years in 2009. According to the divorce documents, which were released on Monday, the divorce was amicable and left Ms. Lanza with a considerate amount of money, insuring she could focus on Adam and wouldn’t have to work. She was also given custody of Adam, who was 17-years-old at the time of their divorce.
The Lanza’s older son, Ryan, 24-years-old, works at the same prestigious accounting firm his father works at, Ernst & Young. When media first gave his name as the shooting suspect, he took to his Facebook to deny the charges, saying it was actually his brother, Adam. Adam Lanza has his brother’s ID on him when police found him dead my a self inflicted gun shot wound.
According to the NY Daily News:
As part of the divorce, Nancy Lanza was ordered to attend a parenting education program. The provider, Family Centers Inc., certified that she completed the program on June 3 and June 10, 2009. The document says only that Lanza “satisfactorily completed the program.”
The divorce file does not indicate why Ms. Lanza was ordered to take parenting classes but some of Ms. Lanza’s friends in the Newtown, Connecticut community where the massacre took place, revealed that Nancy Lanza had a difficult time trying getting through to Adam who is believed to have suffered from a severe personality disorder. Friends say she didn’t know how to reach him and struggled with how to properly guide him as a mother.
Friends of Ms. Lanza’s also say that she spoke of Adam getting worse in the weeks and months before he shot and killed 26 people. Some friends suggested that Ms. Lanza was looking to place Adam in a specialized school before the tragedy occurred.
Nancy Lanza was shot four times in the head on Friday, Dec. 14, shortly before her son Adam went on a killing spree, killing 20 first graders and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Peter Lanza, Adam’s father, released a statement following his interview with police which read:
Our hearts go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones and to all those who were injured. 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. We too are asking why. We have cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so. Like so many of you, we are saddened, but struggling to make sense of what has transpired.