A Mothers Reckoning
29 June 2016
Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the boys who killed thirteen and injured twenty four others in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. This book is a fascinating read on the nature of violence, and of mental health and its role in mass shootings.
Sue Klebold does not hide from her son’s crimes, but asks herself the same questions that many asked and are still asking her in the wake of the tragedy: how could she not know? How did this happen? To the best of her ability, and in plain but evocative language, Sue seeks to answer these questions, trying to shed some light on the boy she loved, and the monstrous act he committed at the end of his life.
A truly fascinating read for anyone interested in gun culture, mental health, violence, school bullying and suicide; I highly recommend this book for its brave examination of these issues, and Sue’s own recollections of that time between finding out that her son might be in danger, to the realisation that he was the perpetrator, and that he had died by his own hand. In the wake of the tragedy, many asked ‘What about the parents?’ and Sue Klebold, bravely, tenderly and truthfully attempts to answer this question.