Officers Relive the Horror of Crime Scene as They Comforted Students at Sandy Hook

While parents, siblings, family, and friends still mourn the death of the twenty children that Adam Lanza took away when he opened fire on Sandy Hook School, many forget the first responders who saw the carnage first hand. 

“One look, and your life was absolutely changed,” said Michael McGowan, one of the first police officers to arrive at Sandy Hook that day.

When they pulled up to the school, they could still hear the bullets. When they walked to the door where Adam Lanza smashed his way through, they could still smell the gunpowder. And when they saw the two bodies lying on the floor of the lobby, they didn’t want to believe it was a real crime scene.

But early responders Lt. Christopher Vanghele, Officer Jason Flynn, Officer Leonard Penna, Detective Jason Frank, and Officer William Chapman, are still processing and dealing with the devastation they saw that morning at Sandy Hook. 

One child had a slight pulse, but did not survive. Another was found bloody, but unhurt, amid her dead classmates. Teachers were so protective of their students that they had to be coaxed by officers before opening doors. And the officers themselves, many of them fathers, instinctively used their most soothing Daddy voices to guide terrified children to safety.

Officers Chapman and Smith recall approaching the second classroom, where they spotted the rifle on the floor. Inside, they found the gunman, Adam Lanza, dead from a self-inflicted wound, along with bodies of several children and other adults.

They rushed to the students’ sides, hoping find signs of life in their lifeless bodies. One little girl had a pulse and was breathing. Officer Chapman cradled her in his arms and ran with her outside, to an ambulance. Officer Chapman, a parent himself, tried to comfort her. “You’re safe now; your parents love you,” he recalled saying. She did not survive.

Most of the bodies were found in the classroom next door, where, Detective Frank recalled,” the teacher had them huddled up like a mother hen- simple as that, in a corner.”

The officers led surviving children out of the school with their eyes closed, holding each other’s hands. 

Some officers formed a human curtain around the bodies of Ms. Hochsprung and Ms. Sherlach, to the shield the children from the sight as they filed past. Others blocked the doorways of the two classrooms. 


Parents of Sandy Hook Shooting Victims Urge the CT Legislature to pass HB 6424

A petition by Nicole and Ian Hockley (parents of Dylan Hockley), Mark and Jackie Barden (parents of Daniel Barden), and Jimmy Greene & Nelba Marquez-Green (parents of Ana Marquez-Greene) urges the CT legislature to pass HB 6424 which will keep the Sandy Hook crime scene information private.

The following is a statement made by the supporters of this petition: 

We are parents and family members who lost child in the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. We’re coming together to urge the Connecticut legislature to pass a law that would keep sensitive information, including photos and audio, about this tragic day private and out of the hands of people who’d like to misuse it for political gain. 

Michael Moore and the hoaxers want to publish this gruesome information. For the sake of the surviving children and families, it’s important to keep the information private. Other gruesome scenes have been kept private– like the scene around Congresswoman Giffords shooting, Vince Foster’s suicide, and Dale Earnhardt’s automobile accident. This crime has received such international attention, it should be afforded the same treatment. 

Supported by: Nicole and Ian Hockley, Mark and Jackie Barden, Jimmy Greene and Nelba Marquez-Greene, Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel, Erica Lafferty, Shannon and Brian Engel, Michele and Bob Gay, and Trica and Dean Pinto. 

The following is a statement made my Nicole Hockley regarding this petition: 

Dylan is my son. I want to preserve his memory as a beautiful boy- not as a gun-riddled corpse. I also do not want his brother Jake to see these photos or listen to the execution of his brother, friends, or teachers on 911 tapes.

The following is a statement made by Lauren O’Neill, Daniel Barden’s cousin, about the petition: 

My 7-year-old cousin Daniel Barden was violently murdered in the Sandy Hook shooting. I am asking you, on behalf of my family, to please keep the sensitive details and photographs of Daniel and other victims private. Please do not release this information. There are twenty-five other families who are experiencing pain, just as we are. In addition, an entire town, a community, and a nation is deeply affected. Releasing information and photos is a violation of our privacy. We also believe its a violation of the rights of the victims themselves. They do not deserve to have their final moments, which are no doubt gruesome and disturbing, put on display for the world to see. They deserve to be remembered for who they were in life. To the world, these photos are simply “victims.” To us, and many others, these victims are our children, our siblings, our grandchildren, and our dear friends.

The following is a statement made by Joel Bacon, Charlotte Bacon’s father, regarding the petition: 

My daughter, Charlotte Bacon, was a victim of the Sandy Hook shooting. Please help to protect the privacy of our loved ones.

The following is a statement made by Tricia Pinto, Jack Pinto’s mother, regarding the petition: 

My son, Jack, was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My family and the other twenty-five families have experienced unimaginable loss. Please help us to protect the privacy of our loved ones. Photos and 911 calls of that horrific event serve no purpose to the public, but will cause a lifetime of agony to our families, our surviving children, and the town.

Here is an emotional plea made by Devin Imperati, a fifteen-old-student in New Fairfield, CT, regarding the petition:

As a fifteen-year-old high schooler who was in lockdown on 12/14, wondering if siblings of my friends were being struck down, I am begging our government to do the right thing. After these events, I began to have panic attacks. I was nervous every time I went to school. Police officers still patrol our hallways and the doors are locked right when the home bell rings. I know someone who knew one of the children. Seeing what happened in that school would be too much to bear.

On top of that, children today all have access to that sort of content. The Internet can be both a blessing and a curse, and since more kids have Internet access now than ever before, any child could see this content- including young children. They should not have to live with the thought that being at school may not be safe. They should not have to look at a gruesome photo from this event and wonder if it will happen to them, as I and many classmates have wondered. 

The integrity of the families should be preserved and the innocence of other children cherished. These photos should not be released. It’s just too much.


A Letter from a Parent in the Newtown Community

The following is a letter from a parent in the Newtown community who described her child’s experience in the Sandy Hook School System. I excluded the name of the parent for privacy purposes. I found this letter on the internet but I do not know whether the parent was intending it to be an open later, so I’ll leave the name out:

Dear Members of the Newtown Task Force,

I am writing as a member of the Newtown community, a parent and a lifelong educator. I have two children of my own, one who experienced extreme mental health issues while he was a student in the Newtown Public Schools. I am concerned about the mental health and its link to school safety.

As a parent of a child who struggled significantly while he was a student at Newtown, I have to say that I am saddened by the testimony of Jennifer Haskel. I faced horrific resistnce to my pleas for help while he was a student at Newtown (2002, and 2005-2011) that no parent of a child should ever have to endure, especially a parent who has child who is struggling emotionally.

When I heard of the events of Sandy Hook, my heart sank. My first reaction when I heard there was a shooting was,”I hope this is not a Special-Ed thing.” This is because of the horrors I experienced as a parent and of the stories I listened to from parents experiencing similar difficulties.

Former State Representative Chis Lyddy and State Representative Debra Lee Hovey attempted to help by asking the state to investigate, but the state refused. I personally attempted to use the due process system twice and found it to be incredibly expensive, time consuming and unhelpful.

There needs to be ways that the school district are held accountable for their actions towards the neediest of students. Too often the excuse is “FERPA” and there is no way for the public to seek help even from the state when things are really bad.

I lie awake at night thinking this horrible tragedy could have been prevented. Adam Lanza was a student at Sandy Hook School. He started there in first grade. It can’t be a coincidence that he targeted first graders. Is this where his personal horror began?

It was where my son’s personal horror began- though his was at Hawley. I am grateful that I have found a way to remove my child from the Newtown Public Schools at my own expense. When I do so, he did a 180 degree turnaround in one week. Teachers at his new school and students have approached me asking me why my son is even at school because they don’t see that he has issues. Could it be that my son’s issues were created by the environment of the Newtown Public Schools? I can’t help but think that now we are looking back on his journey.

My more urgent question is,”How many other Adam Lanza’s are there?” I approached the superintendent in June 2009 with concerns about the high rate of drop out of special education students in Newtown. I ask what happened to these students. What I didn’t know at the time was that Adam Lanza was one of these students.

Please help ensure that when communities are experiencing difficulties that their voices are heard. My only hope is that only good can come from this tragedy. Perhaps Newtown can become model district for proactively monitoring and addressing them.


Newtown Public Schools Mission Statement

The mission of the Newtown Public Schools, a partnership of students, families, educators, and community, is to inspire each student to excel in attaining and applying the knowledge, skills, and attributes that lead to personal success while becoming a contributing member of a dynamic global community. We accomplish this by creating an unparalleled learning environment characterized by:

  • High expectations
  • Quality instruction
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Civic Responsibility

We Believe that:

  • Each individual is unique and has a value.
  • Everyone can and will learn.
  • It takes effort and persistence to achieve one’s full potential.
  • High expectations inspire higher levels of performance.
  • Honesty, integrity, respect, and open communication build trust.
  • Quality educations expands the opportunities for individuals and is vital to the success of the entire community.
  • Educating children is a shared responsibility of the entire community.
  • Family is a critical influence in each individual’s development.
  • Understanding all forms of diversity is essential in a global society.
  • All individuals are responsible for their behavior and choices.
  • Educated and involved citizens are essential for sustaining a democratic society.
  • Everyone has the responsibility to contribute to the greater good of the community.
  • Continuous Improvement requires the courage to change.

Character Task Force Members:

Judy Beers, Middle Gate Lead Teacher

Judy Blanchard, District Health Coordinator

Chris Breyan, Hawley Lead Teacher

Barbara Gasparine, Head O’Meadow Principal

Linda Gejda, Assistant Superintendent

Jennifer Hoag, High School Psychologist

Tony Salvatore, Reed Intermediate Assistant Principal

Jenn Sinal,Sandy Hook Assistant Principal

Suzanne Tyler, High School Social Worker

Alan Clavette, Newtown Rotary

Angela Fedak, Newtown Senior Center

Bill Millard, Parent

Mary Joe Rossi, Student

Robert Ryder, Parent/Business Owner

In 2008, the Newtown Public Schools embarked on the process of developing a high level strategic plan that will lead our school system to excellence in the next five years.

This process began with an intensive 3-day planning session, which included thirty diverse participants engaged in small and large brainstorming groups. As a result, district beliefs, a mission statement, objectives, and strategies were identified for the Newtown Public School District.

In 2009, five “actions teams” were formed to develop a comprehensive outline to guide the 5-year planning process in each of the following areas: Capital Improvement, Communication, Achievement, Personal Success, and Character Development.

In 2010, the Character Development Task Force, through research and collaboration identified and defined Newtown’s six core character attributes.

Our next step is to raise awareness and build commitment in Newtown. We welcome your support and look forward to cultivating a stronger community.

Perseverance: Perseverance is working hard to set and achieve personal goals, learning from failure, and following through with any undertaking to the end. People who persevere demonstrate commitment, pride and a positive attitude in completing tasks.

Citizenship: Citizenship is accepting the responsibility to contribute to the greater good of the community. Good citizens cooperate, respect authority, and obey rules and laws. Good citizens stay informed, vote, and are responsible, caring participants in school and local, state, and global communities.

Caring: Caring is being interested, concerned, and empathetic about someone or something. Caring people express gratitude, kindness, compassion and forgiveness. Caring people help people in need.

Trustworthiness: Trustworthiness is being reliable, keeping promises, and following through on your word. Trust-worthy people are honest and have the courage to do the right thing.

Respect: Respect is recognizing other people’s feelings, opinions, or possessions. It is an attitude that you display every day. When you treat other with respect, you accept differences, use good manners, and deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements. Respectful people show high regard for authority, other people, self, and country.

Responsibility: Responsibility is taking control of your actions and your obligations. It also means taking ownership for something that is your fault rather than pointing the finger at someone else. It means having a sense of duty to fulfill tasks with reliability, dependability, and commitment. It includes self-discipline and work ethic demonstrating commitment, pride and positive attitudes in completing tasks. When you are responsible, you always do your best. Responsible people are self-disciplined, think before they act, and consider the consequences.


Newtown Kindness

The newly formed Newtown kindness organization announces the First Annual Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards.

The organization and program were founded in memory of Charlotte Bacon, a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. It was established to foster a kindness mindset in children. The Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards recognizes special kids who complete acts of kindness, then write in or draw pictures that are sent to the organization to tell the story.

The program has seen participation from thousands of children around the world in just eight short weeks. All children will be recognized in some fashion, but the top award winners were announced on Charlotte Bacon’s birthday, February 22nd, during an emotional but amazing event at ‘Healing Newtown’ in Newtown, CT.

Girl’s Parents Meet Father of Gunman in Massacre

When Alissa and Robbie Parker met face to face recently with the father of the young man who killed their daughter, they were not angry with him and did not blame him for the massacre.

Instead, the Parkers said, they and Peter Lanza shared their condolences for one another and talked about his son, Adam Lanza, during the emotional meeting  which lasted more than an hour.

“I don’t feel like he should be held responsible for what happened that day,” Mrs. Parker said. “That was not ultimately his decision to do that, so how can I hold him responsible? Were there missteps in the raising of his son? Possibly.”

Mrs. Parker said she told Peter Lanza that there was an opportunity to learn from the killings and this his cooperation was vital.

The Parkers would not reveal what Peter Lanza said about his son. The Connecticut State Police have not released any information about a motive.

Mr. Lanza has declined to comment about the meeting with the Parkers, who said they came away from it with a better understanding of Adam Lanza.

Mr. Parker, who was among the first of the victims’ parents to publicly discuss the shooting, said he and his wife wanted to meet with Peter Lanza because he was the only person who could answer their questions.

“Adam’s gone and his mother’s gone, and those are the two people that could give us the most information to the questions that all of us have,” he said.

The Parkers, who have two other daughters, ages 3 and 5, said they were not angry because they know they cannot undo what happened at the school that day.

“So the idea of wasting any energy on anger towards somebody or trying to point blame at anybody seems like a waste of time and energy that we can use to be better parents to our girls,” Mr. Parker said.

However, Ms. Parker said she believed Ms. Lanza bore some responsibility for what happened because the Bushmaster rifle used in the shooting belonged to her.

Asked whether she forgives Adam Lanza, Ms. Parker said it was not her burden to bear.

“I do hold him accountable, but I feel like God will determine that,” she said. “And I feel like he’s in a place where the judgment will happen, and I don’t have to. I don’t have to judge him, and I’m at peace with that.”

13 Facts About Adam Lanza

The New York Times published a profile on America’s newest mass killer, the 20-year-old man who killed his mom, self and 20 young children- among other adult victims- on one Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the otherwise safe and sleepy town of Newtown, Connecticut. Here are 13 facts about Adam Lanza.

1. He carried a black briefcase to his 10th-grade honors English class.

2. He walked through high school in Newtown, Connecticut, “with his hands glued to his sides” and “pens in the pocket of his short-sleeve, button-down shirts.”

3. He didn’t have a Facebook profile.

4. He did not appear in his high school 2010 yearbook. His spot on the page said, “Camera shy.”

5. He was “deeply uncomfortable” in social situations, according to classmates.

6. He was believed to have “Asperger’s syndrome.”

7. He was described by peers as having a “very flat affect.” He “rarely” showed emotions.

8. He reportedly often talked about “aliens,” and about “blowing things up.”

9. He was never seen with anyone, either socializing or as friends, etc.

10. He usually obtained good grades.

11. In 2006, his older brother graduated high school and went to Quinnipiac University, leaving him alone with their parents (whose marriage was apparently coming apart).

12. His father, Peter Lanza, a tax executive for General Electric, moved to Stamford, and in January 2011 married a woman who is a librarian at the University of Connecticut.

13. His mother, Nancy Lanza, reportedly taught him how to target shoot.


Details about Nancy Lanza’s Life



Nancy Lanza has been virtually forgotten as a victim of her son’s horrific rampage.

Throughout her pregnancy with Adam, Nancy Lanza reportedly suffered from “severe morning sickness” and ultimately developed hypoglycemia.

Nancy Lanza claimed in a lawsuit that her pregnancies also caused her to be discriminated against, and ultimately lose her job, at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Boston.

In her lawsuit against John Hancock, Lanza said she had “episodes of physical pain, distress, headaches, insomnia, crying spells, nausea, and increased nervousness,” according to the investigation.

Nancy Lanza could also be found at the high school as many as two or three times a week dealing with Adam’s behavior issues,” Adam’s former teacher, Richard Novia said.

Nancy also had emotional struggles while trying to help her younger son.

“He was very sensitive to touch and didn’t want to be touched,” her friend Rich Collins said. “That used to hurt her. She would get upset about that.”



Newtown Shooter Lanza Had Sensory Processing Disorder


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From the time he was little, Adam Lanza couldn’t bear to be touched. By middle school, the chaos and noise of large, bustling classrooms began to upset him. At 20 just before the Newtown shootings, he was isolated and the world would later learn, disturbed.

Before the age of 6 Lanza had been diagnosed with a controversial condition, “sensory integration disorder” — now known as sensory processing disorder.

“The most surprising thing for me was this sort of inwardness of Adam, a world view of someone that was afraid of the world,” said Frank Koughan. “He just reacted badly to the whole world and didn’t want to be part of it. He was not some violent monster except on one particular day, when he was exceedingly monstrous.

An investigative team interviewed family and friends of the shooter’s parents, Nancy and Peter Lanza, and reviewed a decade’s worth of messages and emails from his mother to close friends describing her son’s socially awkward behavior.

“Adam was a quiet kid. He never said a word,” Marvin LaFontaine, a friend of Nancy Lanza, told them. “There was a weirdness about him and Nancy warned me once at one of the Scout meetings… ‘Don’t touch Adam.’ She said he just can’t stand that. He’d become teary-eyed and I think he would run to his mother.

In 1998, the Lanzas left their home in New Hampshire for Connecticut with Adam, who had already been diagnosed with the sensory disorder and was “coded” with an individual education plan, according to a family member.

Lanza didn’t recognize pain, another feature of some types of SPD. He couldn’t cope with loud noses, confusion or change, which would cause him to “shut down.”

“He’d almost go into a catatonic kind of state, which is another reason why in hindsight, he didn’t seem like a threat to anybody,” said Koughan. “He didn’t lash out or beat up kids. He went within himself, until one day, he didn’t.”

In middle school, according to an interview with Richard Novia, who served as security chief for Newtown schools and advised the tech club, Lanza was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a part of the autism spectrum. Novia told Nancy Lanza, he worried about the boy being bullied.

His mother took him out of high school his sophomore year and lost his peer support and special needs psychologist and became more isolated. Police found thousands of dollars worth of violent video games in the family home.

Lanza’s parents separated in 2001 and divorced in 2009. He eventually became estranged from his father, Peter Lanza and brother Ryan. His mother, who loved to travel, was spending more time away from their home to foster her son’s independence.

He dropped out of Western Connecticut State University where he had taken some classes.




The Woody Allen-Mia Farrow scandal 20 years later

They were a quirky couple for sure. Woody Allen: the neurotic filmmaker with a penchant for psychoanalysis. Mia Farrow: the soft-spoken movie star focused on humanitarian causes. He had no kids. She had six. Despite being in a committed relationship with each other for more than 12 years, having three children together, and worked together non-stop as Allen put Farrow in more than a dozen of his films, they never married and never even lived together. “The two of us have so little in common that is always amazes us. We’re always marveling on why we threw in our lot together and stayed together as long as we have,” Allen said while they were together. The whole thing seemed charming, until, in 1992, it turned into something worlds away from charming. Farrow found nude pictures of her daughter Soon-Yi Previn (whom she adopted at the age of 8 from Korea with former husband Andre Previn) in Allen’s apartment and discovered Allen, then 56, had been having a sexual relationship with 21-year-old Soon-Yi. As the two bitterly broke up and battled over custody, Farrow also accused Allen of sexually abusing their then-7-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan. What would play out in the media would shock the world and go down in history as one of the biggest celebrity scandals of all time. Twenty years after the news broke in August 1992, here’s a look back at who was involved in the salacious story, and what their lives look like today.

The odds were against a relationship between a 56-year-old man and the 21-year-old daughter of his longtime girlfriend surviving. But lo and behold, Woody and Soon-Yi are still together after two decades. Married in 1997 in Venice, Italy, they went on to adopt two children of their own, Bechet, 13, and 12-year-old Manzie, whom the couple named after jazz musicians in honor of Allen’s love of the genre. Allen has continued to make feature films including the recent “Midnight in Paris,” for which he won a Golden Globe for best original screenplay and his latest, “To Rome With Love,” in which he co-stars. The avid clarinet player has also kept up a longstanding weekly gig with his jazz band in New York City. As for his relationship with Soon-Yi, he insists that he was not, in fact, a father figure to her. “I am not Soon-Yi’s father or stepfather … I was not a father to her adopted kids in any sense of the word,” he said in a 1992 Time magazine interview. “The only thing unusual is that she’s Mia’s daughter. But she’s an adopted daughter and a grown woman. I could have met her at a party or something.”

Allen, now 76, says he’s never understood the public’s fascination with his relationship with Soon-Yi, now 41. “What was the scandal? I fell in love with this girl, married her. We have been married for almost 15 years now,” he told Reuters last year. That juicy scandal, however, cost him relationships with all three of his children with Farrow. Though, in a 2005 Vanity Fair article he says he feels “terrible” about not seeing them and that he spent “millions” in court trying to get some custody of biological son Satchel, adopted son Moses, and adopted daughter Dylan, whom he was accused of molesting. “I never did anything. I would never molest a child,” he said at a hearing. The abuse charges were dropped, but Farrow won full custody of the children.

Mia Farrow
The same year her daughter married her former lover, Farrow wrote her memoir titled What Falls Away and has continued to act (though, not, of course in any of Allen’s films, despite the fact that her ex has claimed he wanted to cast her in 1995’s “Mighty Aphrodite”). But the actress focused on motherhood over movies, adopting another six children after her split with Allen, making her at one point, a mom of 15. Over the last 20 years, Farrow, now 67, has become perhaps best known for her charitable work, serving as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador and making trips to various African nations to work on human rights issues and fight against polio (a disease she battled as a child). She has given special focus to Darfur, and thanks in part to her work there she was named to the Time 100 list of influential people in 2008. “If you have a baby drowning in a lake, do you have a moral obligation to pull the baby out? Well, almost everybody would say yes. But what if the lake is a mile away? What if it’s a continent away? I think helplessness is just not an option,” she said in Esquire in 2006.


And while Allen has admitted he doesn’t know what Twitter is, Farrow is, not surprisingly, the opposite, using the social media app to rally support for her causes and proudly post pictures of everything from her veggie garden at her Connecticut farmhouse to her many children and grandchildren. Sadly, two of her kids have died over the last two decades, daughter Tam Farrow in 2000 at age 19 of heart problems, and daughter Lark Previn in 2008 at age 35 of an undisclosed illness. And then, of course, there is one child she lost in a very different way. “She was on the streets in Korea when she was captured and brought to the state orphanage,” Farrow recalled of daughter Soon-Yi in a 2006 interview with The Observer. “And in a way I can see from her perspective — a very limited perspective — that she’s improved her situation. She’s got the penthouse, and the seat at Elaine’s, or — whatever I had, she has. For a little orphan kid from Korea … Perhaps she’s not to be blamed.”


Dylan Farrow
The daughter at the center of the custody trial (with Farrow taking the stand to describe the alleged abuse she claimed Dylan revealed to her) managed to escape the spotlight later in life, changing her name first to Eliza and then to Malone. According to Farrow’s own Twitter page, Malone, now a 27-year-old, married last year.

Moses Farrow
Now 34, Moses hasn’t spoken publicly about his family much in recent years, but previously made clear his feelings for Allen during a 1993 custody hearing. “You have done a horrible, unforgivable, needy, ugly, stupid thing,” the then-15-year-old wrote in a letter that was read to the court. “I hope you get so humiliated you commit suicide.” Dylan made the decision not to see Allen again, telling the Daily News during the trial: “He’s not a friend, not a father. If he gets custody of Dylan and Satchel, I’m going to do anything to stop him from getting custody of me.”

Satchel Farrow
Just 4 years old when the scandal broke, Farrow and Allen’s only biological child would make any parent proud. The child prodigy — who changed his first name to Ronan, which had been his middle name — began attending college at age 11, was admitted to Yale Law School at age 16,and is a Rhodes Scholar. He’s also followed in his mother’s footsteps when it comes to trying to help others. He served as a UNICEF spokesperson for several years, has worked as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues and the director of the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues, and continues to advocate for Darfur refugees. He’s set to begin studying at Oxford University in the fall. And the 24-year-old recently proved he’s got a sense of humor about his family’s very public and very unusual history, tweeting in June: “Happy father’s day — or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law’s day.” Mom Mia quickly retweeted the quip.