A weekend essay, entitled "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother," published by The Blue Review, went viral Sunday. First attracting thousands regionally, the piece was reposted in full by the Huffington Post and Gawker and quickly spread across the globe.
In the heartbreaking chronicle, Boisean Liza Long writes about her 13-year-old:
“I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me.”
Long writes that her son—with a soaring IQ—threatened to kill her with knives on numerous occasions. The threats occur often enough that Long and her two other children practice safety drills by locking themselves in a car.
Long even charged her own son with a crime in order that he be held in a mental facility:
"I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am James Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.”
Long writes that it is time in America "for a meaningful, nationwide conversation about mental health."
"God help me. Gold help Michael. God help us all."
At the conclusion of Long's essay, originally published at her blogspot, The Anarchist Soccer Mom, the author describes herself this way:
Liza Long is an author, musician, and erstwhile classicist. She is also a single mother of four bright, loved children, one of whom has special needs.
“Every time I hear about a mass shooting, I think about my son. And I wonder if someday, I’ll be that mom.”