Peter Lanza (the shooter’s father) has given his first interview, and it’s a profoundly insightful read for anyone interested in the case:
There are a few passages that give more specific dates for events in the timeline, so I’ll update that soon.
Note the bizarre claim that Adam was withdrawn from school after 8th grade. According to multiple classmates and teachers, Adam Lanza attended Newtown High School through his junior year; one classmate, Ralph Strocchia, says he remembers Lanza being a senior.
I heard he had attended briefly but when the tech teacher left nancy pulled him out of school.
From the article: “Even after beginning homeschooling, Adam continued to attend Newtown High’s Tech Club meetings.” So it could be that. Really, the focus of the article isn’t to establish an attendance record, so it’s probably some clumsy language to make it more brief.
Either way, I’d go with Lanza’s dad over some guy who told a tabloid he saw Adam on a schoolbus once.
Kyle Kromberg stated he took “all three years” of high school Latin with Adam. I find this interesting, because if there were really only three years of Latin taught in a high school, one would almost expect the first year to be offered to sophomores (rather than stop after junior), i.e. it would be more logical to have sophomore, junior, and senior year Latin rather than freshman, sophomore and junior. At any rate, Kyle says he took all three years of this class at NHS. Other students have described sitting behind Adam in honors English; Richard Novia, Tech Club dude and security director for NHS, states Adam was at school throughout the day and that once in a while when he had a meltdown, his mom would come get him early. There are literally dozens of people on record describing Adam being a regular attendee at NHS.
I’ve tried to reach kyle kromberg on facebook to ask him about Adam but he either doesn’t get on very often or didn’t read the message.
Not trying to be argumentative, just wondering at the New Yorker’s statement, as it contradicts dozens of people’s interviews.
Another bit of evidence for him actually attending four years: “Jennifer is Staples High School’s beloved, energetic Latin teacher. But for 11 years, starting in 1999, she taught at Newtown High School. She lives just minutes from the town, and remains closely connected to it.
After lunch on Friday — she ate alone in the language lab — someone said Ryan Lanza was the killer. Jennifer could not believe the news. She’d taught him for 4 years. “He’s a gentle soul,” she says. “He wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
The Latin teacher’s account of Lanza’s high school years certainly does not square with the account given by Peter Lanza in the New Yorker. Frankly, I believe the teacher. She gives a lot of very specific details and it doesn’t seem possible that she could be making all the stuff up or mistaken.
I can’t believe that Peter Lanza would intentionally lie to the New Yorker about his son being home schooled in high school. I can only conclude that he didn’t know what was actually going on in Adam’s life at this time. Maybe his wife lied to him about the home schooling (but why?) In any event, it seems that Peter Lanza was far removed from his son’s life a lot earlier than two years before the shooting.
I concure. It seems Peter was not a part of Adam’s life for some time. Thanks for the site Reed!!!
My apologies! She’s referring to Ryan. She said she taught Adam for three years.
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