Did Psychic Powers Save Child From Shooting?


A mother at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn. is claiming that her son’s psychic powers saved him because he had panic attacks that took him out of school before the Dec. 14 shooting occurred.

According to reporter Sandra Clark, “Karen Dryer’s worst nightmare started to unravel when her young son Logan Dryer, 5, became so anxiety ridden when he went to kindergarten at Sandy Hook Elementary School that she decided to pull him out of school just two weeks before the deadly massacre.

“Logan started kindergarten in September 2012. He was perfectly fine in September and October, and then in November he started acting strange. I got an email from his teacher saying he was a little weepy and then I started getting phone calls that Logan was crying and wanted to go home. Eventually it got so bad that I took him to the doctor who ran tests, saying that Logan was perfectly healthy.”

Logan’s doctor suggested that he be home-schooled for several weeks, though he and his mother visited the school once a week so he could socialize with friends. During those visits, his mother said, the boy would become visibly upset as if he knew something bad would happen. Karen Dryer came to believe that her son’s concerns and fears revealed his gift of prophecy: “My mother, Milly, who passed away a couple of months ago was very psychic, and I know now without a doubt that my son has the same gift.”

Psychological Explanations

While Dryer’s interpretation of her son’s behavior may be correct, a closer look at the details of the case suggest an alternative explanation. On one level, Dryer’s assumption makes sense: her son’s fear was prophetic.

But that logic is common fallacy with a Latin name: post hoc ergo propter hoc (“after this, therefore because of it”). Because the human mind seeks connections, people often misattribute causes, thinking that, “B happened after A did, so A must have caused B.” Logan expressed anxiety and fear about school, and two weeks later that school experienced one of the worst shootings in history. It makes sense—except that it’s not necessarily true. It’s like saying “roosters crow before the sun rises, so the roosters must have made the sun rise.” Just because the boy expressed fear before the tragedy doesn’t mean he knew it was going to happen.

Written By: Benjamin Radford
continue to source article at news.discovery.com


  1. To echo everyone else on here – the answer to the question is “no”…

    “My mother, Milly, who passed away a couple of months ago was very psychic, and I know now without a doubt that my son has the same gift.”

    I’d love to know what ‘very psychic’ means…

    Just humans looking for patterns again – and yes, a strange article to find on the Discovery website…

    Although looking at some of their TV output in recent years, perhaps not…

  2. shame this “gift” saved no one appart from the child who posesses it. if his mother is such a believer presumibly she must feel ver guilty about all the other children who died because of her inaction.

    the worst part of this blatant twaddle is that a child who clearly has been suffering from some emotional issues has now been burdened with the expectations of his dangerously incompetent mother, reinforced by this publication.

    he hasn’t escaped tragedy. it’s in the post

  3. Well, I see no other possible explanation, so that must be true.

    m’kay, so we have, begging the question, confirmation bias, appeal to ignorance, and ‘my son is special’. Any more?

    I’m sorry lady, but it’s just serendipity. you should really not burden your son with such nonsense, especially in the light of such a tragedy. I certainly hope she won’t make a career out of it.

  4. After reading proposals from NRA nutjobs that the solution to primary school massacres is to put armed men in primary schools, how long before they add:

    ‘…and teach em’ Psychism!’

    You know it makes sense.


  5. In reply to #16 by SomersetJohn:

    In reply to #10 by Nodhimmi:

    Why is it that women are so prone to irrational belief??

    Sorry, what?

    Not so many women in the priesthood and no lack of irrational belief there, as far as I can see!

    I think he has a point when it comes to all that phychic bollocks, my wife used to be a member of one of the so called circles, must be at least 90% women. Different story of course with religion as it is mainly a tool for gaining money power and influence.

  6. In reply to #5 by RDfan:

    An article such as this surely can be dismissed without so much as reading it, no? Very low-hanging fruit for RDFRS.

    This particular article is in the Pseudoscience category. Easy way to measure the pulse of current woo;
    there’s still so much of it-makes my head spin!

  7. @OP – “My mother, Milly, who passed away a couple of months ago was very psychic, and I know now without a doubt that my son has the same gift.”

    So when is the little lad going to for-see his mother’s need for the psychiatric appointment, his granny should have had?

  8. How easy to be cynical, to mock. There’s so much pain and bewilderment around this tragedy, try for a moment to imagine yourself there. Amid the devastating loss, one parent still has her child, saved by blind luck I suppose, his upset at going to school turned out to be a Good Thing – well, it was for him, for sure.

    Humans see patterns everywhere, whether or not they exist. And meaning. It’s how we are. Look at how many works of fiction, movies, books, work their plot threads around supernatural or superpower themes, even when not overtly religious. Doubtless this family will now be swamped with god-pushers trying to claim credit and sign them up. How they’ll manage to pull themselves back to a Normal Life I have no idea. Though lucky – as lucky as everyone else absent that day, or lucky enough to go to a different school, or live in a different country – that doesn’t mean they’re undeserving of our sympathy and understanding.

    Each of you reading this has been lucky all your life, so far. I mean lucky enough to avoid the lightning strikes, drunk drivers, falling trees, and deadly deeds of others. Mostly you only notice your luck when you perceive a near-miss. And then it’s natural to feel relief, but also guilt – why did I survive when that other person did not? And natural to attempt to construct a rational explanation for an irrational, random, chance-driven outcome. And natural to feel gratitude, and to try to find somewhere to direct that gratitude. Hence, “Thank God”.

    “There but for fortune” as the song puts it. Evolution in action – the survival of the luckiest.

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