Could Adam Lanza really be a compilation of his brother Ryan Lanza and an unidentified young man featured in the 2007 Newtown High School yearbook?
While at Newtown’s Cyrenius Booth Library recently, I located the Newtown High School yearbook from 2006 which features Ryan Lanza as a graduating senior (see below pics).
Ryan Lanza is supposed to be about 4 years older than his brother Adam Lanza and Ryan was reported as being 24 years old at time of SH incident. So, a Newtown High School (NHS) graduation of 2006 would make sense for Ryan Lanza.
A Daily Mail article published on Dec. 16, 2012 stated that Adam Lanza was a member of the Newtown High School Tech Club in 2007 when he was a freshman (as shown in the below famous pic of Adam standing with his fellow Tech Club members). This information about Adam Lanza was widely circulated in the press. The Daily Mail article states:
In 2007, when he was a freshman, he was pictured along with ten of his classmates for a group photo of the ‘Tech Club,’ which ‘allowed students to explore technology and promote events’ on student TV.
The famous freshman ‘Tech Club” photo of Adam Lanza as widely publicized by the news media following the Sandy Hook event.However, the 2007 Newtown High School yearbook (pic below) that I viewed from the Cyrenius Booth Library collection, did not feature the same 2007 Tech Club photo as published in major news publications like the Daily Mail.
Cover of the 2007 Newtown High School yearbook that is contained in Newtown’s Cyrenius Booth Library NHS yearbook collection that contains editions going back to the 1970s.
Tech Club photo as featured in a 2007 Newtown High School (NHS) yearbook housed at the Cyrenius Booth Library in Newtown, Conn. The 2007 school year would have been Adam Lanza’s freshman year at Newtown High School, the only year he reportedly attended Newtown High School before being switched to home schooling for the remainder of his high school education in Newtown.
The actual 2007 NHS yearbook does not feature the well-publicized, alleged picture of Adam Lanza as a ‘freshman’ Tech Club member.
Ryan Lanza is indeed listed and pictured as a junior in this 2005 NHS yearbook that I viewed at the Cyrenius Booth Library in Newtown. However, the Newtown Library did not have the NHS 2004 yearbook in its collection which would have shown or listed Ryan Lanza as a sophomore. The Newtown Library did have a 2003 NHS yearbook in its collection, but the 2003 yearbook did not have Ryan Lanza pictured or listed in the ‘Camera Shy’ section as a freshman at Newtown High School in 2003.
The 2005 NHS yearbook has Ryan Lanza pictured as a junior.
Ryan Lanza pictured as a junior in the 2005 NHS yearbook.
Interestingly, the Tech Club picture from this same 2005 NHS yearbook appears to show Ryan Lanza standing towards the back (see below photo with red arrow).
A close-up of this 2005 Tech Club photo (below) appears to feature Ryan Lanza – as exemplified by his characteristic sideways smile that can also be seen in his close-up photo above.
A Tech Club photo from the 2005 NHS yearbook appears to show Ryan Lanza with his signature sideways smile.The 2005 yearbook Tech Club photo also states that Mr. Rich Novia heads the Tech Club at Newtown High School. And Richard Novia (also the former head of security for Newtown schools) is mentioned and quoted in that same Daily Mail article:
Richard Novia, the school district’s head of security until 2008, who also served as adviser for the school technology club, said Lanza clearly ‘had some disabilities.
‘If that boy would’ve burned himself, he would not have known it or felt it physically,” Novia told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “It was my job to pay close attention to that.’
Mr Novia described Lanza as ‘a very scared young boy, who was very nervous around people he could trust or he refused to speak with,’ Novia said.
‘Somewhere along in the last four years, there were significant changes that led to what has happened,’ Novia said. ‘I could never have foreseen him doing that.’
The 2007 NHS yearbook also does not show Adam Lanza listed as a freshman and he is also not listed in the Class of 2010 ‘Camera Shy’ students who missed photo day for the 2007 yearbook.
Adam Lanza is not pictured or listed in the 2007 NHS yearbook as part of the freshman class of 2010. Adam Lanza was reported to have attended Newtown High School as a freshman in 2007 before switching to home school status for the remainder of his high school education in Newtown. He was also reported by the press to have been a ‘freshman’ participant in the Tech Club. If Adam Lanza graduated from Newtown High School in 2010 as widely reported in the media, he would have been a freshman in 2007.
Adam Lanza is also not listed in the 2007 NHS yearbook among the ‘Camera Shy’ freshman who missed picture day.
This is the freshman class of 2010 page as featured in the 2007 NHS yearbook in the Cyrenius Booth Library collection in Newtown, Conn.Another freshman class of 2010 page as featured in the 2007 NHS yearbook when Adam Lanza was reported to have been a freshman at the school before switching to home schooling the following school year. He reportedly never returned to NHS after his 2007 freshman year.
The Daily Mail article mentions two former classmates of Adam Lanza who said he “hung out with the freaks” and roamed the hallways carrying a briefcase (apparently during his freshman year since that is the only year he attended NHS):
Former classmate Olivia DeVivo said she remembered Lanza talking about ‘blowing things up’, but added: ‘I put that down to the usual talk of boys. I think he went so unnoticed people didn’t stop to think, “There’s something going on here – maybe he needs some kind of help?”
‘No one is surprised. He always seemed like he was someone who was capable of that because he didn’t really connect with our high school, with our town.’
Another former school friend, Jamie Crespo, 19, said: ‘He used to hang with the freaks, guys who dressed in trench coats.’
Other students remember him walking through school dressed in black, carrying a black briefcase.
That same article also strangely quotes 2010 NHS class president Ben Federman as saying he barely remembered Adam Lanza and neither did any of his classmates he spoke with while home in Newtown for Chirstmas break in 2012. But then he goes on to say that he remembered a specific detail about Adam Lanza – that he always carried around a briefcase instead of a backback (even though he was just quoted as saying he barely remembered his classmate at all).
Newtown High School’s 2010 class president Ben Federman is like the rest of his classmates – he can barely remember Adam Lanza.
Mr Federman, who was home from attending college at Vanderbilt University, told MailOnline that he had heard from many graduates from the class of 2010 and none of them can think of a single friend Lanza had.
‘The only time I ever saw him was in the hallway and he never seemed to engage anyone. He was just focused on walking from one class to another,’ Mr Federman said.
His only memory of the 20–year-old Lanza was the bizarre way he dressed – always in button-down shirts that were too big for him. He also usually had pens in his shirt pocket and usually carried a black leather briefcase.
‘You noticed that because it was different. He carried a briefcase and not a backpack,’ Mr Federman said.
Strangely, even though the Newtown Library has an extensive collection of Newtown High School yearbooks dating back to the 1970s, the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 (which would have been Adam Lanza’s yearbook dates for his sophomore, junior and senior year, respectively) – are all missing from the Cyrenius Booth Library collection in Newtown. I do not know if home schooled students are included in photos or “Camera Shy” lists for NHS yearbooks.
As a side note – I did notice a picture of an odd-looking, unidentified young man featured in the “Clubs” section of the 2007 NHS yearbook with a similar hairdo and facial features as the pictures of Adam Lanza widely circulated in the media. Again, the 2007 NHS yearbook would have been Adam Lanza’s freshman year at Newtown High School.
This unidentified young man is featured in the “Clubs” section of the 2007 NHS yearbook and has similar facial features and hair as the widely circulated photos of Adam Lanza in the media following the Sandy Hook event.
“Clubs” page in the 2007 NHS yearbook, which was reportedly Adam Lanza’s freshman year before he switched to being home schooled in 2008.
This photo collage (below) shows the similarity in facial features of the unidentified young man featured in the 2007 NHS yearbook “Clubs” page with the pictures of Adam Lanza circulated in the press.
Rebecca Carnes is a third-generation resident of Newtown whose two children were second graders within the Newtown Public School system during the 12/14 (Sandy Hook) event. She also is the creator and writer of a local blog covering issues relevant to Newtown, Connecticut: https://www.newtownroosterct.com/
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