twitter facebook stumble upon rss

Columbine Killer's Mom Finally Speaks

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This

For the first time, the mom of one of the two teenagers responsible for the Columbine High School massacre breaks her silence to Oprah's magazine.

Dylan Klebold

Susan Klebold, whose son, Dylan, along with Eric Harris gunned down students at a Columbine High School in 1999 before killing themselves, pens an article for Oprah's "O" magazine describing her connection to the tragedy.

"For the rest of my life, I will be haunted by the horror and anguish Dylan caused," she wrote. "I cannot look at a child in a grocery store or on the street without thinking about how my son's schoolmates spent the last moments of their lives. Dylan changed everything I believed about myself, about God, about family and about love."

The most revealing part of the article is when Susan admits she had no idea her son was in any emotional turmoil.  Experts who have analyzed Dylan's writings concluded he was  depressed and suicidal. "I'd had no inkling of the battle Dylan was waging in his mind," she wrote.

For those of us who'd like to hear more from Susan Klebold, we're out of luck. According to reps at "O," Susan Klebold will not be making an appearance on "Oprah," and a spokeswoman for the Klebold family said there would be no further statements.

next: Children Can 'Imagine Away' Pain, Scientists Discover
5 comments so far | Post a comment now
cyndi October 13, 2009, 7:36 AM

My heart goes out to this family. I recently read a new book that’s out about columbine, and I admire the klebolds for being able to get up in the morning. They are in my thoughts and prayers.

chris October 13, 2009, 8:15 AM

His family will suffer just as much as the families of the children killed that day. I can’t image the pain of knowing that your child did such a horrible thing.

Mercuy October 14, 2009, 10:32 AM

Anyone who admires that family needs some help. What’s there to admire? Let’s see, you raised a killer. You ignored all the signs and symptoms of a psychopath. You let society raise your children…and boldly proclaim, “I had no idea.” Well, duh! If you did, maybe it would have never happened.

Mercury October 14, 2009, 11:49 AM

Leave it to Oprah for promoting one of the biggest tragedies in the past century. Good job, Oprah! Only in America would any type of lip-service be paid to this family. Did Mom Klebold forget that her son was arrested prior to the shooting for robbery? Did she even bother to check who her son’s friends were? She ignored all the signs and young kids paid for it. You can write a thousand essays and not one would matter. Shame on Oprah for promoting this horrid event. Oprah should be fired.

Chrissy October 14, 2009, 8:28 PM

I read the article. It was pretty self serving.
I don’t quite by her theroy that her son was “depressed”. And that he fell in the category of “1% or 2%” that someone else’s life with their own.
She glossed over the fact that her son and his friend spent the weekend in HER garage making weaopns. The noise was loud enough (as reported in the news) that people passing by and heard. Yet, she doesn’t mention that or why she didn’t bother to look in her own garage to see what was happening. Especially since she stated that Dylan’s friend was a bad influence. But knew they were hanging out again.
Dylan wrote dozens and dozens of journal entries about his feelings but she never recongized he was depressed.
One of teachers informed her and her husband about a “disturbing” paper Dylan wrote. When Susan asked to see it the teacher didn’t have it on hand. Susan never followed up.
He lost interest in school. But Susan didn’t anything of it.
Dylan was arrested, but he was influenced.
Everyone should her article and make up their own mind.
I think it was marlackey. Lots of poor me-ism in it.

Back to top >>