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And years before he became a killer a loner quiet.
How my next guest remembers -- lands in high school at the time Richard Nokia was at an advisor.
For the school technology club of which Lanza was a member he knew Adam's mom as well.
No we -- also.
The head of security for the Newtown school district doubled to 2008.
Says he could never seen this coming with this particular young man.
We know what's transpired Richard maybe you could tell us a little bit about.
The young Adam that we might not know you -- high -- you knew him in this club.
Yeah I was a very quiet boy very small.
Frame wise very thin -- frail.
Gentle loving caring.
Poor social skills.
Had a hard time interacting.
Including other teenagers.
Was he picked on.
Month and we should make sure that he was not picked on.
And asked that question before and the entire time and I knew him elementary through high school.
I can assure you that he wasn't.
Richard what he was he would have been he he -- easily become a victim.
And that's why he has so much care given to -- on what this technology club do what will vote -- what was it about.
Video productions we ran -- local access network called channel seventeen educational network.
We -- a radio station through that same network.
He went out to the townspeople.
In that district in broader sense.
Through cable network so we did -- -- productions on a large scale not quite as big as I'm sitting around here but it was a lot of fun.
And a draw that drew and a lot of children.
-- -- technology so technology today includes.
And editing boards and head and rooms and all kinds of fun stuff cat five.
Cable wiring being pulled lighting issues he was involved and all that was a good -- -- yes he was good at it.
You're good at -- he was encouraged to come up.
To the high school through put a program in place where we'll go to the middle school several times a year.
Looking for recruits that would be coming up to the high school.
And that's from my first day interactions -- Adam will be gone.
Now you -- his mother.
-- I did.
He would have allotted incidents.
Incidences in rightward but there was concern yours and others expressed about.
Not -- behavior may -- is inclusiveness.
And the mother would come to school to address them with school authorities are what happened -- -- I I would like.
More potent more -- -- to an episode.
Where his condition.
Worsened and he withdrew.
And to himself.
It knows his inability to communicate -- even get worse.
Or to share.
What he was feeling would would be worse.
Alonso was a wonderful parent.
Who was often on campus.
For her -- Now the parents -- already.
-- -- -- -- when he was living with his mom is that correct.
I actually missed the first part of that question I'm sorry.
His parents were already divorced and this time he was living with his mom is that correct.
Which star you're referring to when he was in high school now they were there this challenge together at that time they were together.
I believe they were yes okay I they may have been they may have been beginning.
They were beginning signs.
Of some family dysfunction as far as between husband and wife that the children.
That often comes out in the children -- school setting some may just say I'm not doing my math or English and wired Wagner gave -- gone from.
Ninety's to half you know lot of kids -- that type of stuff when here's a divorce.
Or difficulties in -- home.
There was some talk -- you can sense if you're that close to the kids.
What's going on May be related to home however I'd like to point out that.
Being at the high school that many hours involved in a technology called in essence is their safety zone.
They can be away from home where the problems are.
They're not out in the streets.
Are actually in the school system -- -- wonderful administrators.
All kinds of support groups.
At -- side running around doing all kinds of fun activities.
So it would be.
A place where.
Adam would have found.
Or release from anything that was disturbing him.
-- -- other students ever scared of him.
No nobody has ever scared him and do you -- used -- type could that we have to worry about being victimized old time.
The tech club environment in which he was -- -- and we spend most of our time together.
Was an environment comprised of very intellectual.
Minded kids high and the bell curve.
-- well raised.
A lot of respect.
For adults a lot of respect for their peers.
Usually very neat and clean.
The very geeky type.
I'm smiling because I think that's a wonderful thing.
So they would they adopted him.
Not unlike it would adopt any new freshman come in and but.
We did all understand that he -- a little bit extra.
What you knew -- the mom.
Ever -- -- -- concern or any that exasperation whether a child doesn't seem to be connecting or or or.
Getting to be part of this school.
I I didn't -- I can make it clear that.
In my position only as a director security.
That type of person in this case that chose to be on the ground every day.
-- -- in an office.
As well was a person who would be spending a lot of time and her son.
In an extracurricular activity on campus off campus football fields.
Pulling wires through ceilings.
On this is longer and I did discuss.
And special needs I -- reached out.
And found -- more.
We did have meetings.
Early on when Adam came to the school lists psychologists.
Student aides and guidance counselors at a -- afforded a lot of really really -- good and good services.
To ensure that.
To some degree he would build more successful.
Every day it was there.
And his Richard thank you very very much appreciate.
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