Jennifer Huettner, And The Adam Lanza She Knew
(( Jennifer spent 3 years as Adam’s teacher.
"He had Asperger's," Jennifer says, confirming media reports. After being home schooled in 7th and 8th grades, Adam took freshman classes in a portable classroom at the high school. He was 13 years old.
"He didn't want to be around people," Jennifer explains. "Our goal was to get him back in the building."
Adam's mother Nancy would drop him off, then sit in the next room while Jennifer worked with him.
"He was very OCD. He'd clean the desk with Purell," Jennifer remembers.
"He had a great 'Latin mind.' The language is very structured, and that fit well with him. He always knew the answers — but he wouldn't say anything.
"The day he made his first joke, I almost cried."
The next year, Adam moved into the high school building.
"He trusted me," Jennifer says. "He started talking — that was a big thing. And he looked at me, with big eyes." They were not the same eyes, she says, that the world has seen in "that horrible picture. ... "
The Adam Lanza who killed his mother, 20 children and 6 adults — and then himself — "was not the Adam I knew," Jennifer says. "It was very disturbing to hear he'd done this — to realize the impact he had on the world. I have no idea where this awful, horrible thing came from." ))
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