Feature

Living with a son’s terrible legacy: Susan Klebold

On April 20, 1999, Susan Klebold's 17-year-old son, Dylan, and his friend Eric Harris gleefully shot 13 people to death at Colorado’s Columbine High School before killing themselves.

Susan Klebold raised a mass murderer. On April 20, 1999, her 17
-year-old son, Dylan, and his friend Eric Harris gleefully shot 13 people to death at Colorado’s Columbine High School before killing themselves. She’d seen no sign of Dylan’s despair and rage, she
tells O magazine, and facing what he’d done left her “nearly insane with sorrow. I often wished that I would die. I got lost while driving. I’d sit through meetings without the slightest idea of what was being said.” For many in her community, she was a pariah. “I was widely viewed as a perpetrator, or at least an accomplice since I was the person who had raised a ‘monster.’ Our elected officials stated publicly that bad parenting was the cause of the massacre.” Klebold wondered obsessively that if she had somehow raised Dylan differently, disaster could have been averted. “Had I been too strict? Not strict enough? Had I pushed too hard, or not hard enough?” It’s now 10 years after Columbine, and Klebold has no answers; she knows only that her son was angry, depressed, and suicidal, and too proud to seek help. “For the rest of my life, I will be haunted by the horror and anguish Dylan caused.”

Recommended

Internal report blames Johnson, senior leadership for lockdown parties
Boris Johnson
partygate

Internal report blames Johnson, senior leadership for lockdown parties

Biden's promise to defend Taiwan
President Biden.
Picture of Harold MaassHarold Maass

Biden's promise to defend Taiwan

No time to evacuate as Russian forces close in on a pair of Ukrainian cities
Ukrainian tank in Sievierodonetsk
encirclement in luhansk

No time to evacuate as Russian forces close in on a pair of Ukrainian cities

Would the U.S. really defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion?
President Biden and Xi Jinping.
Briefing

Would the U.S. really defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion?

Most Popular

Trump loses his grip on a Trumpified GOP
Donald Trump.
Opinion

Trump loses his grip on a Trumpified GOP

'Why are we willing to live with this carnage?'
Uvalde, Texas.
Briefing

'Why are we willing to live with this carnage?'

21 dead in shooting at Texas elementary school
A Texas State Police officer at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
tragedy strikes

21 dead in shooting at Texas elementary school