Mother of Columbine Killer Breaks Her Silence

Susan Klebold, the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold opens up for the first time about the tragic day
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Mother of Columbine Killer Breaks Her Silence

“For the rest of my life, I will be haunted.”

 -Jane Farrell

Columbine High School

Speaking publicly for the first time since her son Dylan engineered the Columbine high school massacre, Susan Klebold says she had “no idea” that he was fighting a losing battle against depression and the urge to kill himself.

Along with Eric Harris, another student, Klebold shot up Columbine High School in suburban Denver, killing 12 students and a teacher and wounding 23 others. Harris and Klebold then turned their guns on themselves. The horrific attack, on April 20, 1999, remains the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

About the morning of the massacre, Susan Klebold wrote in the November issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, “I was getting dressed for work when I heard Dylan bound down the stairs and open the front door. Wondering why he was in such a hurry when he could have slept another 20 minutes, I poked my head out of the bedroom. ‘Dyl’? All he said was ‘Bye’…I had no idea that I had just heard his voice for the last time.”

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0 thoughts on “Mother of Columbine Killer Breaks Her Silence

  1. Heartbreaking. It’s hard to understand how a mom could not have known her son was so sick and unhappy — but it’s also easy to judge from the outside looking in. I can’t imagine going on with life after something like that.

  2. This story is so sad. I can’t imagine what she must be going through. I’m sure many people question her about knowing whether he was depressed, and it’s really hard to ask, not knowing anything about their lives.

  3. I certainly have empathy for Susan as a fellow mother for her pain. I cannot imagine how it would feel to lose a child and also deal with the pain of knowing your child caused others the loss of their children. I understand how she could not have known he had such a problem. My own son has seemed to change overnight from a sweet happy boy to a reclusive person with no desire to be involved with previous activities he loved. However, we have had him talk to a counselor and his grades seem unaffected, so I would never imagine him to do something so heinous as the Columbine incident, as I am certain Susan did not imagine her son would either. But how would I truly know unless I searched every inch of his personal space and invaded his life? He has really not gotten into any trouble, nor gotten bad grades. I am sure no mother wants to believe that her child would be capable of murder or planning such an elaborate scheme of his own death. This tragedy is truly a situation of sadness for all involved and a wake up call for all parents to be more involved in their children’s lives. Even then, you may not know what they are really dealing with.

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