The relative, who was not identified, said that Lanza suffered frequent physical and verbal attacks from classmates, according to the New York Daily News. Mother Nancy Lanza, who he shot before going to Sandy Hook on Dec. 14, considered suing his school over the bullying incidents, the relative said.
“Nancy felt fiercely protective of him,” the relative told the paper. “She was convinced the school wasn’t doing enough to protect Adam. It made her irate.”
The relative added that Adam “would come home with bruises all over his body. His mom would ask him what was wrong, and he wouldn’t say anything. He would just sit there.”
“She was trying to get proof. She wanted to know where the bruises were coming from,” the relative continued.
The relative, however, added that there was something not quite right with Adam after he went to school at Sandy Hook.
“He was a sick boy,” the relative concluded.
The New York Times reported last month that in Lanza’s room, he had a number of odd items, including firearms, a samurai sword, starter pistols, and a bayonet. He also had photographs of what appears to be a corpse covered in blood and clippings from a newspaper about a shooting at Northern Illinois University.
Marvin LaFontaine, a friend of Nancy Lanza, said that Adam was obsessed with joining the military.
“This all started when Adam was 3 or 4, and became more ingrained as Adam got older and ultimately decided that he wanted to become a Marine,” Mr. LaFontaine told the Times.