RTDNA Awards Entry: ‘I’ll Never Know If I Could Have Prevented It,’ Says Mother Of Columbine Shooter

February 13, 2017

Sue Klebold's new book, “A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy” is a frank reflection on the challenges of grieving for her son's death while at the same time grieving for his many victims.  Klebold's son, Dylan, was one of two shooters who stormed Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, killing 13 people and injuring many more before taking their own lives. 

In the book, Klebold ponders what she could have done differently as a parents and offers lessons she's learned in the aftermath of the Columbine shootings. She also includes her memories of the day of the shootings, and of the moment she heard about her son's involvement. “While every other mother in Littleton was praying that her child was safe, I prayed mine would die before he hurt anyone else.”

Klebold is donating all profits from the book to mental health charities and research.