A friend of Adam Lanza’s mother says the youngster may have slaughtered 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary as an “act of revenge” for years of bullying when he attended the Connecticut school.
“I think Adam felt betrayed by the school and this was his act of revenge,” Marvin LaFontaine, Lanza’s former Cub Scout leader, told the Daily News.
He said Lanza, whose mother would sometimes go to the school to act as his bodyguard, was harboring resentment towards Sandy Hook for years. He claimed Nancy Lanza was also fed up that the school failed to protect her son.
“Nancy told me he was being picked on at school. That they were just torturing him,” Lafontaine said. He claims Lanza went to Sandy Hook Elementary off and on until sixth grade.
“Adam was an easy target. He was quiet and he would never fight back,” he added.
Lanza’s motive for the Dec. 14 attack is still unclear. Lanza shot his mother in their home and then travelled to Sandy Hook Elementary School. He fired 155 bullets in an attack that lasted less than five minutes, before shooting himself. 20 children and six adults were killed.
As her son was being bullied, Nancy Lanza was allegedly stockpiling guns and ammunition in their home. Investigators found over 1,600 rounds, two rifles, a starter’s pistol, BB gun, nine knives, a 7-foot spear, a bayonet and samurai swords in her home.
LaFontaine’s interview comes just days after reports that the gun shop which sold a gun to Nancy Lanza lost its license. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives did not offer an explanation for why it revoked the license of Riverview Gun Sales. Federal agents raided the store last December after the attacks. The store sold Nancy the Bushmaster .223 caliber rifle which her son used at the school before he shot himself in the head with a Glock handgun.
Depite reports that Nancy bonded with her son during outings at the shooting range, she was his first victim.