Namely, there are many boys with whom I've worked over the years who could be described in a similar manner to that of Adam Lanza, but who never took out their rage and anger on others. What made Adam Lanza different? What's happening here?
Our culture, in which the draw of violence is turbo-charged, glamorized and commercialized, clearly plays a pivotal role in the psychological problems of an alarmingly growing number of young men who commit wanton murder.
There are three types of people involved in a violent situation: the perpetrator, the victim and the bystander. Our society is largely made up of bystanders -- people who observe violent behavior, but do little or nothing to stop it.