A Mother's Reckoning

Sue Klebold

A Mother's Reckoning

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill 12 students and a teacher and wound 24 others before taking their own lives. 

For the last 16 years, Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently? These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. (From Crown/Archetype)



Time warped, as it does in emergencies. Media and police helicopters began circling noisily overhead. Our tenant, Alison, who lived in the studio outbuilding on our property, brought us water and granola bars we couldn't bear to eat. If we needed to use the bathroom, we did so with two armed policemen guarding the other side of the door. I wasn't sure if they were protecting us or if we were suspects. Both options horrified me: I'd never done anything illegal in my life, and it had never, ever occurred to me to be afraid of my son.

From A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold ©2016. Published by Crown/Archetype.