Parents of children who commit crimes receive little support and are typically scorned or otherwised blame for the actions of their offspring.
This simple and tragic reality is discussed at length by Andrew Solomon in his book Far From the Tree in relation to the family of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold. Stunned by the actions of their son and his death, the Klebolds saw no memorials and received no sympathy, and instead were subjected to a decade of abuse and torment – which continues to this day. Today the LA Times reported a similar story beginning to unfold for the family of the young man who committed the Sandy Hook murders”
“The body of Newtown, Conn., shooter Adam Lanza was claimed by his father last week, a family spokesman said Monday.
“Peter Lanza claimed his son’s body from the Connecticut medical examiner last Thursday, said family spokesman Errol Cockfield. ‘Private arrangements took place over the weekend,’ Cockfield said. He declined to elaborate further about the nature of the arrangements. Connecticut Chief State Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver, confirmed that Lanza’s body is ‘finally gone.’ Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 first-graders and six adults atSandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 and then committed suicide. He also killed his mother in their Newtown home before the rampage. A private funeral was held earlier this month in New Hampshire for his mother, Nancy Lanza, who was divorced from Peter Lanza. Authorities have not offered a motive for the killings. State police say they have been exploring all aspects of Adam Lanza’s life, including his education, family history and medical treatment for clues.
“‘Our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy,’ Peter Lanza said in a statement in the days after the shooting. ‘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.’ Peter Lanza lives in Stamford, Conn., and is an executive with GE Energy Financial Services. Adam Lanza, who was known to be very shy, had a tight relationship with his mother but was estranged from his father after the couple’s 2001 separation was finalized in a 2009 divorce.”
Complete story at: http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-adam-lanza-newtown-20121230,0,561090.story