The comment below from Jaime I considered important enough to add as an update instead of a comment, because sometimes people do not read the comments, and I wanted this to be read by everyone reading the story about Sue Klebold.
My story was about Sue Klebold because I felt when she said she was a victim was one of the most preposterous statements I had ever read or heard. To me that was a rationalization in the highest order, and perhaps indicative of the possibility that Dylan was never held accountable for anything. If I recall correctly, Dylan had a BMW to drive to school. That strikes me as someone who would have never been seriously disciplined.
Jaime might be a blogger, I don’t know. In my experience of having written over 300 stories, I find if I include more than one major subject in a story, I suffer a dilution of the story that my readers do not like.
I only mentioned Eric in passing two or three times in my story, because Eric is another story, and I think Jaime, in my opinion, has covered it quite well.
Comment from Jaime
If you think Dylan’s parents negligent, I wonder what you would have thought of Eric’s parents. Eric’s parents even found his weapons in his bedroom after his arrest and never questioned him. They knew Eric was threatening another student online because the police had drawn up a search warrant. And they knew their son Eric had a preoccupation with explosives long before Columbine: didn’t Eric start playing with matches and lighters long before he reached adolescence? There is a reason why the Harrises did not want the police to search their residence. And there is a reason why the Harrises have not come forward. They are the most guilty.
As to Sue Klebold, I can’t imagine why she didn’t separate the two boys after the van incident.
Original Story from February 12, 2016
Tonight on ABC TV Diane Sawyer will interview Sue Klebold, the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the shooters in the Columbine massacre 17 years ago.
Based on seeing a portion of the interview on Thursday night on the Megyn Kelly show, I get the impression that we are about to see Diane Sawyer being sympathetic to Sue Klebold, and her struggles to find out why Dylan did what he did. Sue Klebold indicated her son, as the killer, was totally different from the son she knew. The signs were there before hand, Sue Klebold, and don’t tell me they weren’t as outlined in my original story below. Why didn’t you and your husband see them before the massacre?
Sawyer seems to try and tie it to teenage depression.
I’m sure the families of the victims who died on that April 20, 1999 day need a sob story from Diana Sawyer about Sue Klebold.
And don’t miss the portion of the interview where Sue Klebold says she was a victim. That should be the highlight of your night.
Original story below posted 2/9/16
You read that title correctly. Sue Klebold, Dylan Klebold’s mother thinks she is a victim.
She’s even written a book about it titled “A Mother’s Reckoning” due out February 16th.
I’m always fascinated by book titles, especially when they contain words that can easily be found in the dictionary.
Reckoning—1. An act of counting. 2. An itemized bill or statement of an amount to be paid. 3. A settlement of accounts (a final reckoning).
We might be able to employ all three definitions in explaining this. “An act of counting”. Twelve students dead and one teacher.
“An itemized bill or statement of an amount to be paid”. Sue Klebold owes a lot to the families of those thirteen people killed, and to those injured, a debt she can never repay, even if she were the richest woman in the world. Some of the victims’ families sued and received money. Others obtained money through court actions. None of the victims killed returned alive to live out their actuarial years.
“A settlement of accounts (a final reckoning)”. She is going to settle with everyone? How is she going to do that, with words? Relive all the grief that her son caused with the book? There is an empty place, an empty chair, a Christmas celebration, a birthday, a conversation. She can never “settle”, because all of those will never happen again for the families of the victims.
And pray tell what sort of final reckoning does she propose? We should all get together and reminisce?
Really Sue, I don’t care if you are giving all the profits to mental health charities, this book just reopens wounds from seventeen years ago, forces families to agonize over those hours again, first when theirs were alive, and then when they were not. There are actually accounts available in minutes of what happened, and not hours. The exact time that their loved ones were killed.
Why are you the victim, Sue? Because your son Dylan and the other shooter Eric Harris committed suicide? Are you conveniently forgetting the prior 50 minutes of the assault?
You and your husband had no clue this was about to happen? You never went in your basement to see was going on? You never questioned purchases your son was making?
Yet you want to vindicate your soul, your conscious, by rationalizing about your lack of parental control, your acceptance that your son could do no wrong, or whatever other garbage you wish to put by your curbside to be picked up by the city, to be free of it forever? Isn’t that what your book is saying—A final reckoning—for you?
You don’t deserve a final reckoning. The victims’ families will never have one? Why should you? You should be tortured every night and not be able to sleep. Don’t go to church and ask for forgiveness. I believe there are some things so evil there can be no forgiveness, and this is one of them.
And before too many people begin to feel sorry for you, and say you have suffered enough, let’s point out some of the warning signs, some of them self-evident.
Dylan liked to keep to himself, and play gloom and doom and death video games in his room.
Dylan and Harris made a movie video at school where they “killed” some athletes. How fast fantasy became reality.
Dylan Klebold kept a journal of what he planned to do.
He wore swastikas, and his greeting was often, “Heil, Hitler”.
The Columbine massacre occurred on April 20th—Hitler’s birthday.
Dylan belonged to the “Trench Coat Mafia” at school. Black long coats.
He displayed some Gothic tendencies.
His “girlfriend”, if you choose to call her that, helped him secure three of the guns. He took her to the prom before the massacre. Didn’t you have any idea who she was or what kind of person she was?
Where did Dylan get $500 to buy another gun? Was that his weekly allowance? That amount would be in line with the fact he had a BMW that he drove to school, his own BMW I assume.
Your son and Eric Harris had a fire bomb, general denominational bombs, pipe bombs, 2 propane cylinders rigged as bombs, numerous guns and ammo that they hauled to Columbine, and you found nothing in your house? No indication of anything? Did you even look? Had those two propane cylinders gone off in the cafeteria, hundreds would have been killed. The only fortunate thing of the matter was that Dylan and Eric Harris were ignorant bomb makers, and their bombs were primarily ineffective.
You never bothered to search his room when he was not at home, much less the basement?
Did you ever meet Eric Harris and decide that he was a bad influence on your son?
Dylan and Eric Harris stole some merchandise from a van in 1998, and were sentenced, not to jail, but to a diversionary program. They were released in February, 1999, a short time before the Columbine massacre.
And this might be the most disturbing factor of all. When Dylan came home from the diversionary program, did you not sit down at the dinner table with him, and have a cold, hard conversation about whether he intended to become a full time criminal, or whether all the things you and your husband had done for him might steer him on a straight path? He and Eric Harris had been planning the Columbine slaughter no later than June or July of the previous year, so the answers he gave you about school, his social life, activities and hobbies, or anything for that matter, were probably ninety-nine percent lies. You and your geophysicist husband, Dylan’s father, were highly intelligent people. Surely the two of you could tell after seventeen plus years with Dylan when he was lying, and what he said needed tremendous scrutiny and further severe, thorough investigation.
I’m sure there were more signs. These are the ones that are readily available. The ones in front of you, you did not see.
Before all of this happened, a deputy sheriff was going to seek a search warrant to see what Eric Harris had in his house, but the warrant was never executed, and the sheriff’s department tried to hide that info after the massacre. Had the search warrant become effective, Columbine would have never happened.
Someone wrote a book afterwards in which they exonerated you and your husband and the Harris parents. I wonder if that author was looking at the same info I just laid out?
That’s right Sue Klebold, have your book signings. Bring up the past. Reopen horrible wounds that might not even have healed to this day. Let’s call this the Columbine High School Massacre II. And you, Sue, are the perpetrator this time. Have Eric Harris’ mother to sit beside you. I have a feeling there will be people standing in line, not to buy a book, but to stare at you two.
Contrary to the person who wrote the book exonerating you from all blame, Sue Klebold, you are not innocent. You are guilty in the first degree.