My son was Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School in 1999.
I would gladly have given my life to reverse what happened that day and yet I know that nothing I can do or say could ever atone for Dylan’s choices, choices that I have spent decades trying to understand. I wish I had known then what I know now: that it was possible for everything to seem fine with him when it was not, and that behaviors I mistook as normal for a moody teenager might have been subtle signs of psychological deterioration.
Although it is very hard for me to share my story—to lay bare my heart and the inner workings of my family—I feel a moral imperative to share the insights I have gleaned to help other families see the signs when their children need help.
Today I am an advocate for mental health awareness, research and suicide prevention. By writing A Mother’s Reckoning, I hoped to shine a light on these important issues. Through my Colorado public benefit corporation (PBC), Vention Resources, Inc., PBC, all author profits received from the publication of this book, after reasonable expenses, have been used to fund charitable organizations that share my goals and strive to address these concerns, including Mental Health America (MHA), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.
— SUE KLEBOLD
About the Author:
Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School—a tragedy that saddened and galvanized the nation. Prior to publishing A Mother’s Reckoning, Sue spent 15 years after the tragedy excavating every detail of her family life, and trying to understand the crucial intersection between mental health problems and violence. Instead of becoming paralyzed by her grief and remorse, she became a passionate and effective agent working to advance mental health awareness and intervention. She participated in presentations, co-chaired conferences at the state and national levels, volunteered on local non-profit boards for suicide prevention organizations, and wrote about the experience of surviving a loved one’s murder-suicide. Sue is a member of the National Loss and Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Lived Experience Subcommittee. Sue is currently not available on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platform.
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