Author of 'I Am Adam Lanza's Mother' Responds to Backlash

Liza Long, the woman whose powerful essay, "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother"—about her mentally ill teenage son that she penned in the wake of last week's Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting—struck a nerve with the entire Internet, spoke to CNN's Erin Burnett last night about her viral blog post and its resulting controversy.


While Long's personal story initially elicited positive reactions, questions have since been raised about whether she's indeed a person worthy of our sympathy or just another over-sharing asshole for blogging about her kids so frankly. Apparently, that's been something of a truce called on that, but there's still concern about how all of this has affected Long's son. While she has used a pseudonym for her son, calling him "Michael," it's been pointed out that by using her own real name, along with a photo of her son, could lead people to figure out who "Michael" is pretty easily.


Speaking to Erin Burnett, Long said that her son—who is now living in a mental health institution—is aware of the blog post and that "his take on it" is that if it can help people "it's a good thing." Of the more incendiary things that Long wrote on her blog in the last four years (saying she "gives up" and wants "the state" to take care of her kids, and that she fantasizes about beating them), she said:

"I think one of the hallmarks of my writing, and one of the reasons that this last piece connected with so many people is that I do have a tendency to just kind of say what's on my mind. And you know I wrote those words and those are my words and I'm not disowning them."

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I've worked with the parents of mentally disturbed children, and there always seems to be a point where they just want the problem to go away.

It's not about being tired. It's about being afraid. They're constantly terrified of their own children. They worry about setting off the trigger. They're waiting for the school they're in to finally kick them out for the last time. They worry about them hurting their siblings. They wait for the first signs that the meds aren't working, and that they have to try something new.

They remind me strongly of the men and women I've seen in abusive relationships, but in this case, there is no walking away.