NEWTOWN — Sandy Hook Elementary School faculty and staff learned Thursday a report on the school life of gunman Adam Lanza, who killed 20 students and six educators on Dec. 14, 2012, would be publicly released.
The parents of the 20 children killed by the 20-year-old Lanza before he took his own life were invited to a similar briefing a week ago at Town Hall. But officials said they have been provided the sketchiest details about what the document may contain.
The results of the state Office of Child Advocate‘s 16-month investigation into what led Lanza on his rampage remains a mystery. A draft has not yet been released, according to Child Advocate Sarah Egan, who declined to comment on the report’s contents.
The Hartford Courant reported information from the draft suggests Newtown High School officials were not given a full, clear picture of Lanza’s mental health and, as a troubled youth on the autism spectrum, he might have required more services than he received. The Courant story states the report does not specifically blame school district officials or the psychiatric professionals at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, where Lanza received treatment.
Newtown Schools Superintendent Joseph Erardi said he met with faculty and staff at the temporary home of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe. Although he said the meeting was not primarily about the report, he wanted them to be aware it would be coming out.
Erardi said he has not read the report.
“My role and responsibility to all faculty and staff, especially at Sandy Hook, is to make sure no one wakes up to a surprise,” Erardi said.
Efforts to reach several parents Thursday were unsuccessful. One parent, who asked not to be identified, said the report would likely reopen wounds.
One Newtown civic leader, who declined to be named, said the only good that might come from the public release of information is a reaffirmation the school district needs to remain vigilant about its students’ mental health and counseling services available to all students.
Nanci G.Hutson @ Newstimes.com
October 24, 2014