Dear Ms. Long,
You are Not Adam Lanza’s mother. Adam Lanza’s mother, by all accounts, kept four registered handguns and a great deal of ammunition in the home she shared with her son. She took Adam to the shooting range and taught him how to use them. Have you taught your son how to use a gun knowing he has threatened to harm himself and others? Did you teach him to use a knife as a weapon?
You are Not Adam Lanza’s mother. When you feared your son was a danger to himself or others you rushed him to a mental health facility and sought treatment. When you felt his school placement was not appropriate you attempted to place him in a safer environment. Adam Lanza’s mother allowed him to learn how to access the elementary school where he entered and murdered people. She taught him how to use weapons to do so. She taught him how to drive himself to the murder scene. Have you done that?
Autism is frequently thrown around as some sort of a rage inducing mental deficiency. I am the mother of an Autistic son. My son does not speak. He is probably one of the most patient people I’ve met in my life. At the point where he loses his temper, Mother Theresa would lose her temper. Even an implication that attempts to conflate Autistic meltdowns with murderous rage places an entire population of children and Adults who are already terribly abused at horrible risk for harm. You are stating that an accurate diagnosis has not been made on your child. You do not know what Adam Lanza’s mental health concerns are, and yet you are republishing an article about life with your son under the inflammatory title “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother”. Kindly apologize to my son and the many families in the Autism community that you have placed at risk for seclusion, restraint and the other by products of fear and ableist bigotry.
You are NOT Adam Lanza’s mother. To make this statement is opportunistic, disrespectful to the Autism community, disrespectful to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and dangerous to your own son and his wellbeing.
Mrs. Kerima Cevik
Proud Mother of an Autistic 10 year old Son