Evil. Pure evil. That is the only way to describe the events that occurred on April 20th, 1999, at Columbine High School. That is the appropriate description of the event and that was the character of those who carried it out.
On that unfathomable day, 13 lives were lost and 24 others were injured. The shooters, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, committed suicide and ended their own lives after ruining so many others.
For many of us, the story ends there. A tragic, unforgettable event that sickens, disturbs, and pains our hearts. But for Sue Klebold, the story never ends. It will never go away.
Sue is the mother of one of the mass-murderers from the Columbine shooting. Her son was Dylan Klebold. In this short, but powerful video that follows, Sue tells the story of that event from a mother’s perspective. She does not ask for your sympathy or excuse anything that her son has done.
However, she is still his mother. She, like the parents who lost their children because of her son’s cowardly act, still grieves. When Dylan killed those innocent people that day he also killed a large part of so many others. His parents included.
I do not have any clever take-aways from the story you will hear. Only more questions.
How does a person get to the point where they can do something like this?
Is it possible for good parents to not know their children are capable of such evil things? Or were they just not paying attention?
How can we do a better job at, somehow, reaching people before they do things like this?
Can good truly come from tragic events, like this?
What would I do?
What would I say to someone grieving at so many levels like this?
In the end, I have no solid answers but I know that my heart hurts for Sue Klebold. I see a mother and a parent, one not so different from me. I can’t imagine being the parent of a child who would do something like this. It’s a heavy thing to consider what that tragic day has brought to her and so many others.
When Sue first heard of the shooting at the school that morning, she said, “I was aware that there was a shooting incident occurring at the school. I didn’t know if Dylan was in danger, if someone was trying to shoot him, if he was doing something.” She had no clue of what was going on or how the news that day would change her and break her for the rest of her life.
She was a mom. She was scared like every other parent. Later that day, she would be confused and unable to comprehend the reality of what her own flesh-and-blood did to so many others.
Today, she is still grieving, confused, and hurt. But she is still a mother.
Listen to her story and then comment below: What can learn from a story like this? What should our response be?
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