“I had all the illusions that everything was ok. My love for him was so strong.”
These are the words of Sue Klebold.
Because in 1999, Sue’s son, Dylan, and fellow senior student Eric Harris killed 12 students and one teacher at Columbine High School before taking their own lives.
In her first television interview since the massacre in 1999, Sue Klebold spoke to Diane Sawyer about how she has navigated a tsunami of guilt, self-loathing and thoughts of the victims her son took the lives of.
“It is very hard to live with the fact that someone you loved and raised brutally killed people in such a horrific way,” Mrs Klebold told Diane Sawyer.
“I think we like to believe that our love and our understanding is protective, and that if anything were wrong with my kids, I would know, but I didn’t know, and it’s very hard to think of that.
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“Part of the shock of this was learning that what I believed and how I parented was an invention in my own mind, that it was a completely different world that he was living in,’ she said.
Addressing the parents who insist they would have seen the warning signs in their own children and commit to acting before such a tragedy took place, Klebold told Sawyer she had always assumed she would have been able to read the signs.