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Why did Adam Lanza resort to gun rampage in his own school?
The life of Adam Lanza, 20, who killed 20 children and six adults, including his mother, at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut before turning the gun on him, is being analysed by social psychologists.

THE AFTERMATH of shooting rampage and increasing violence in educational institutions, especially across the US, has raised the issue why a young man would commit such heinous act in his own school?

Adam Lanza shot his mother, Nancy, at home on Friday morning, then drove her car to the school and forced his way in its premises.

The administrative solutions would be better security of schools and modification of laws related to weapon purchase and possession. But, many educators, sociologists, and psychologists would see it as an outcome of a mix of the deteriorating family life, decaying education system and emergent un-brindled social media.

If considered only for academic interest, the preliminary case study of Lanza would be somewhat as follows.

Adam Lanza, 20, a small town honours student, was a thin, awkward looking but bright boy. He had been a shy person and a loner but considered a harmless person. In his school life, there had been no complains of his misbehaviour despite lack of acceptance by peers. There had never been any complains about his behaviour from his neighbourhood. He was considered to be a good kid keeping most times to himself and many found him a genius in the making.

He always dressed formally and smartly; worked hard and performed satisfactorily in studies. He hardly spoke to others and made few friends and would get nervous during group tasks. In a nutshell, he was considered intelligent and studious but loner, shy and nervous.

His working mother Nancy worked and father Peter Lanza, a tax director for General Electric, separated in 2006, divorced in 2009 and Peter remarried in 2011. Lanza's childhood was left to baby sitters. In the late childhood, the divorce among his parents made him a lost and quiet child.

The mother had a fancy for guns and she had bought five guns. She found it easy to buy guns in her country. He was proud of buying a high-end rifle recently. She would often go target shooting with her two sons, elder of whom, named Ryan Lanza, 24, Adam's brother is in a job. The mother always motivated and drove hard Adam to be smarter and perform well in studies.

What do you think is responsible for making Adam Lanza to become what he turned out be?

A: Disruptive family life and bad upbringing

B: School not being sensitive to uniqueness of the learner and failing in developing pro-social skills and emotional development of the teenage student.

C: Lenient rules for weapon buying and lack of security in the schools.

D: If any other, state the reason.

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