Many kids mindlessly fall into being a bully and if they are re-directed towards more satisfying behaviour to fill their need for power, they will leave their toxic behaviour behind and learn to be a force for good instead of evil. Illustration: Getty

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Adam Lanza was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of 13 but his father believes this may have hidden a more serious mental illness. Photograph: AP Photo/Western Connecticut State University

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