Case 2: Sandy Hook Elementary School: Adam Lanza


On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother in her home. He then went to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and forced his way inside where he shot and killed 6 adult staff members and 20 children. As authorities arrived on the scene, Lanza commited suicide. Investigators later learned that Lanza was a loner, prone to depression, and that he had access to guns. The massacre of young children shook the nation and resulted in increased advocacy for gun control.


  • Identify the case you selected.
  • Answer the following questions:
    • Based on your research, do you think that your selected topic was a case of domestic terrorism? Support your answer with evidence.
    • What is the sociological impact of domestic terrorism?
  • Explain using evidence.


  • Nearly every student in the course was able to think of a time when they had personally been impacted by or had observed incivility in the workplace. In what ways does this impact your view of the nursing profession? If those outside of healthcare were aware, how might it impact their view?
  • As you move towards your role as an NP, what will you do to support healthful work environments for yourself and your colleagues?
  • Think about your personal use of social media. Are there changes you would like to make in how you use social media?
  • What self-care practices do you engage in to promote personal holistic health?

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