Did Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza snap because his mom was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility? Did he target the school because he believed his mom, a school volunteer, loved the kids more than she loved him?
That’s the theory of a Fox News source described as a “lifelong resident of the area” who is “familiar with the killer’s family.”
The source’s authority may be dubious, especially after all the misinformation that has plagued reporting on this tragedy, but Joshua Flashman, a 25-year-old retired Marine and pastor’s son, does provide a tidy motive — something sought after in the case:
“From what I’ve been told, Adam was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed,” Flashman told FoxNews.com. “Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off.”
Furthermore, Flashman says Adam was intensely jealous of his mom’s volunteer work with schoolchildren, feeling that she loved them more than him:
“Adam Lanza believed she cared more for the children than she did for him, and the reason he probably thought this [was the fact that] she was petitioning for conservatorship and wanted to have him committed,” Flashman said. “I could understand how he might perceive that—that his mom loved him less than she loved the kids, loved the school. But she did love him. But he was a troubled kid and she probably just couldn’t take care of him by herself anymore.”