Sue Klebold has spoken about her son Dylan Klebold, the one responsible for killing 12 fellow students at Columbine High School in April 1999. She said it was very had to live with the fact that she could not stop her son from hurting others.
Dylan, along with Eric Harris, slaughtered their classmates and a teacher on April 20, 1999, the day which changed how the United States perceived school shootings.
Sue, like any other parent, thought she was aware of her child’s whereabouts. She thought she knew if there was anything wrong. However, she said she could not stop her son from hurting others. Nor could she stop him from hurting himself, she said.
This is believed to be her first ever television interview since the Columbine massacre. According to Sue, the profits of the book will go to charitable foundations and research on mental health problems.
The reason behind her decision to write the book was to make people aware that “things can seem awfully right when things are terribly, terribly wrong,” she said.
“I am so sorry for what my son did, yet I know that just saying ‘I’m sorry’ is such an inadequate response to all this suffering,” Sue said. “There is never a day that goes by where I don’t think of the people that Dylan harmed.”
While Sue has come out in public to talk about her son, her husband Tom, now divorced, decides to stay away from media attention.
Sue remembered the last thing her son said to her on the morning of the Columbine shooting. “I hear him bounding down the stairs, past our bedroom door, and really going quickly and heavily out the door, as if he were late,” she said. “And I yell, ‘Dyl?,’ … and he yelled, ‘Bye,’ and then sort of slammed the door.”