Disturbing Documentaries That Will Scar Parents Forever
A Dangerous Son (2018)
A Dangerous Son is one of the most tear-jerking, hard-to-watch documentaries you’ve ever seen. It offers hope as three families continuously struggle to find help for their children with serious mental disturbances and violent tendencies. The boys: Ethan, Vontae, and William come from different ethnic backgrounds and economic situations, but their outcomes are the same – being denied help or having to wait months to years for residential placement in a suitable psychiatric facility that can help these children with their extremely aggressive behaviors.
Directed by Liz Garbus, A Dangerous Son, was inspired by Liza Long’s struggle with her son and the letter she wrote just days after Adam Lanza orchestrated the Newtown massacre that killed 20 children and 6 adults in Newtown, CT. Long’s letter, “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother” was considered very controversial not only because of it’s subject content, but also because Lanza’s mom was Adam’s first victim and there was speculation that her parenting was the culprit that triggered Adam’s killings.
Adam Lanza had been diagnosed with severe emotional disturbances as well as autism, but he was not undergoing treatment at the time of the shooting. Also, Lanza’s mom, was a single mom who struggled to find the proper treatment for her son. So all of these circumstances were at play when Lanza killed those 26 children and teachers that day. Though this documentary doesn’t point fingers, it does seek to open our eyes and hearts to the kids and parents that desperately need help.