A mother is recounting in chilling detail frightening experiences with her son, prompted by the CT elementary school massacre. The boy, "Michael," remains undiagnosed, according to "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother," by Liza Long in The Blue Review.
Despite medication the young man continues to exhibit a hair-trigger temper, Long writes. Michael shares characteristics with Sandy Hook Elementary School gunman Lanza and other mass killers. During his unpredictable episodes he makes frightening and violent threats. "I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me," she writes.
The mother's lack of help is typified by her meeting with a social worker who informed her that their best option is to get Michael charged with a crime. "That's the only way you're ever going to get anything done," she's told. "No one will pay attention to you unless you've got charges."
Often the most dangerous young people are among the smartest. "His IQ is off the charts. When he's in a good mood, he will gladly bend your ear on subjects ranging from Greek mythology to the differences between Einsteinian and Newtonian physics to Doctor Who. He's in a good mood most of the time. But when he's not, watch out. And it's impossible to predict what will set him off."
Via The Blue Review.