The horrendous massacre at the Sandy Hook primary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and seven adults were brutally murdered, indicates that the evil force that turned two normal teenagers at Columbine into nihilist murderers is still very potent. What the two Columbine killers and Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old Sandy Hook killer, had in common was unusually high intelligence. The Telegraph, a British newspaper, reported online:
Lanza was said by classmates to be fiercely intelligent.
"You could tell he was, I would say, a genius," said Miss Israel. "There was something that was above the rest of us."
He'd correct people's Latin homework, when they were aged around 14, and at 16 was among the list of top students in his English class, studying "Of Mice and Men" and "Catcher In The Rye" — the classic tale of troubled youth.
"It was almost painful to have a conversation with him, because he felt so uncomfortable," said Olivia DeVivo, who sat behind him in English. "I spent so much time in my English class wondering what he was thinking."
"He didn't have any friends, but he was a nice kid if you got to know him," said Kyle Kromberg, now studying business administration at Endicott College in Massachusetts. He studied Latin with Lanza.
"He didn't fit in with the other kids," he said. "He was very, very shy. He wouldn't look you in the eyes when he talked. He didn't really want to lock eyes with you for very long."
He was also a technical whizz kid, keen on computers and video games, and part of a group who would meet up for computer programming get-togethers.
Obviously, Lanza was also exposed to the entire secular-humanist curriculum of our atheist public schools: evolution, values clarification, sex education, and other programs that served to wrest children away from traditional Biblical religion. What was the religion of his parents? Were they church goers? His parents were divorced in 2009 when Adam was 17. He was born in 1992. The Columbine shooting took place on April 20, 1999, when Lanza was seven years old. Had Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, the Columbine killers, become his heroes?
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