|This undated photo shows Adam Lanza posing for a group photo of the technology club which appeared in the Newtown High School yearbook. Authorities have identified Lanza as the gunman who killed his mother at their home and then opened fire Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, inside an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself. Richard Novia, a one-time adviser to the technology club, verified that the photo shows Lanza. (AP Photo)|
School adviser: Gunman a loner who felt no pain
He recalled Adam Lanza as ‘‘a very bright kid.’’
Olivia DeVivo, a student at the University of Connecticut, was in Adam Lanza’s 10th grade English class.
‘‘He was very different and very shy and didn’t make an effort to interact with anybody,’’ she said.
DeVivo said Lanza always carried a briefcase and wore his shirts buttoned up to the top button. She said he seemed bright but never really participated in class.
‘‘Now looking back, it’s kind of like ‘OK, he had all these signs,’ but you can’t say every shy person would do something like this.’’
Lanza’s family was struggling to make sense of what happened and ‘‘trying to find whatever answers we can,’’ his father, Peter Lanza, said in a statement late Saturday that also expressed sympathy for the victims’ families.
Associated Press writers Michael Melia and Jim Fitzgerald in Newtown, Conn., Denise Lavoie in Stamford, Conn., and Stephanie Nano in New York contributed to this report.