Chances are, if you spent any time on the internet this weekend, a blog post originally titled “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother” came across your radar. The piece was originally posted on the personal blog of writer Liza Long (pictured), a mom living in Boise, Idaho, who is obviously not literally the mother of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old man who has been identified as the shooter in Friday’s elementary school massacre in Newtown, CT. Long, however, is the single mother of 13-year-old boy she calls “Michael” in the piece, an apparently deeply troubled kid who has hard to diagnose mental health and behavioral and developmental issues that Long believes are similar to those had by Adam Lanza and the other young white men who have committed mass shootings in recent years.
“I live with a son who is mentally ill,” she writes. “I love my son. But he terrifies me.” A photo of Michael accompanies the piece, which has since been cross-posted on such high traffic websites as Gawker and Huffington Post. Keep reading »