"I Am Adam Lanza's Mother:" A Mom Struggles to Help Mentally Ill Son
The mother of a mentally ill son describes what their life is like in a commentary written to offer personal insight into the Newtown school shooting.
Liza Long is the mother of a mentally ill son, age 13, who has threatened to kill her and himself. She lives in fear.
Similar to Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza, Long's son is academically gifted but suffers from wrenching behavioral problems. He can be calm and sweet or erupt in unpredictable violent fits.
Long's commentary, "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother," describes what her family's life is like in an attempt to galvanize help and support for families with children suffering from serious mental illness.
This criticism of Long's article has also been published since "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother" was promoted on the Huffington Post home page Dec. 16. This Slate article criticizes Long for comparing her son to Lanza and other mass shooters.
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