A Mother's Reckoning
Living in the Aftermath of TragedyBook - 2016
On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado; they killed twelve students and a teacher and wounded twenty-four others before taking their own lives. Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Here she chronicles her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible, shedding light on one of the most pressing issues of our time.
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“We teach our kids the importance of good dental care, proper nutrition, and financial responsibility. How many of us teach our children to monitor their own brain health, or know how to do it ourselves?”
I wish I had listened more instead of lecturing; I wish I had sat in silence with him instead of filling the void with my own words…acknowledged his feelings instead of trying to talk him out of them, and that I ‘d never accepted his excuses to avoid conversation - I’m tired, I have homework to do - when things felt off. I wish I’d sat in the dark with him, and repeated my concerns when he dismissed them. I wish I’d dropped everything else to focus on him, probed and prodded more, and that I had been present enough to see what I did not. 263
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