A Dangerous Son

Synopsis: Documentary following three families each coping with a child affected by serious emotional or mental illness. The families explore treatment opportunities and grapple with the struggle of living with their child's condition.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Liz Garbus
90 min



When he started

being aggressive,

he was only about

two and a half, three.

I was worried then.

You ask a doctor,

they can't tell you

what he'll be capable of.

They don't know where

he's gonna go or what

direction he's gonna take.

(sighs) I just can't help

myself, 'cause...

it's just what I usually do.

I don't know

how to control my anger.


Gosh, only if someone

was a lifeguard.


What'd you say?

I said if only there was

a lifeguard who could...

help me...

try to control myself.

'Cause you know lifeguards

are good, right?

Yeah, they save everyone,

even when they drown.

(kids chattering)



Vontae is 12.

Well, he'll be 12

in October.


In the beginning,

he was talking about

he just wanted to die.

Now he's talking about

hurting other people.

He don't express

himself verbally,

but he's real good expressing

himself at writing.

So if he gets upset,

and I'll go in the room

and I'll see all these signs

all over the bed--

"I hate myself,"

"I can't control myself,"

and just stuff like,

"I'm no good,"

and "I'm better off dead,"

and stuff like that.

I don't never take stuff

like that as just talk.

I feel like if it's

in you and you saying it,

then it's a possibility.

That's how I feel.

'Cause why would you say

something like that?

I'm just doing

my part on my end

to make sure he knows

that I love him

and to know that

I'm there for him.

At the time

of the school shootings,

my son had been

in an acute care psychiatric

hospital for two days.

It is the scene

of one of the worst school

shootings in the history

of the United States,

and we can report to you

that police have now identified

a school shooter

as Adam Lanza.

Newswoman 2:
Police are trying

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