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Sandy Hook commission blames homeschooling

(by Bob Unruh, WND) -- Adam Lanza, 20, has been described as being “dark and disturbed” before his death. He coldly murdered his own mother in their expensive home near Newtown, Connecticut. Then he took her legally registered guns to the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot and killed 20 children and six adults. Then he took a handgun and shot himself.

Reports say he suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, “or a personality disorder.” And he “had a tortured mind.”

The New York Daily News said he exhibited “strange behavior” and his “antics irked several residents.”

Now a state commission of 16 educators, local and state officials and behavioral experts assembled by Gov. Dannel Malloy after the tragedy has a game plan to prevent future occurrences.

Monitor homeschoolers.

According to a report in EAG News, a chief recommendation coming out of the state panel that was “charged” with “making recommendations to reduce the risk of future tragedies” has concluded that more oversight of homeschoolers will accomplish that goal.

The report’s “chief recommendation” is “tighter scrutiny of homeschoolers … to prevent an incident such as the December 2012 slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Elementary School in Newtown,” EAG said.

The New Haven Register said while the final report isn’t expected for a few weeks yet, the “draft proposals call for individual educational plans for students with “significant emotional or behavioral problems.”

“The group is backing extending those requirements to troubled youths, whose parents have chosen to homeschool,” the report said.

The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission was created by Malloy 18 months ago following the Newtown tragedy. He said the education, mental health, law enforcement and other experts were supposed to recommend changes that would help prevent future outbreaks of violence.

This week members reviewed their “likely” recommendations in a meeting in Hartford.

Susan Schmeiser, a mental health law professor at the University of Connecticut, said, “Continuation of homeschooling should be contingent upon approval of [individualized education plans] and adequate progress as documented’ in progress reports.”

The basis for the decision to pin a target on homeschoolers is the fact that Lanza was withdrawn from public schools apparently during his 10th grade, and his mother, Nancy, 52, reportedly homeschooled him, for a time.

That’s from Marsha Lanza, Adam’s aunt and Nancy’s former sister-in-law.

She said, “She mentioned she wound up homeschooling him because she battled with the school district.”

However, details of his homeschooling were not available.

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