restrictive special education services. Adam’s IEP team was to

restrictive measures. In highschool, Adam’s developmental and mental health difficulties increased. In ninth grade, his putative diagnosis was Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. At this time, Adam transitioned back into a school environment with one-on-one tutoring classes. The following year, it was planned for Adam to move into larger classes. By this point, there were several indicators that Adam needed guidance for autism spectrum disorders and emotional disturbance. However, reports from the school nurse underestimated the severity of Adams’ problems. If the school adhered to the appropriate guidance that was needed for Adam, there would have been greater focus on social-emotional health. Repeatedly, Adam’s needs were appeased, rather than addressed with effective therapeutic supports. In the fall of 2008, Adam entered 11th grade and wished to graduate early from high school. By the end of the year, he earned the required credits which allowed him to graduate a year early and exit special education services. Adam’s IEP team was to communicate with his psychiatrist for an updated evaluation, however it is not documented whether it was completed. After graduation, Adam’s mental condition deteriorated–a reflection of his IEP team’s inadequate transition planning and agreement to graduate him early. In the years leading up to the shooting, Adam Lanza withdrew from society into his own world and grew more despondent. He spent most of his time with his computer and his obsession with mass shootings developed. His tipping point that drove him to commit to the Sandy Hook shooting can be pointed at many events in his life, most significant, the education system. It is fair to conclude that, if Adam Lanza’s mental illness been adequately treated in his school life, the tragedy of Sandy Hook might have been prevented. Although legal guardians are ultimately responsible for their children’s health, it is the education systems that must provide support for a child’s social and emotional wellbeing. Educators are not the ones to blame for Adam Lanza’s horrific act, but there is a need for improved carefulness in the education system to recognize and ensure services for the many potential children suffering from the same problems.