This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the Columbine school shooting where teenagers Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris entered their high school on an April morning with intentions to murder hundreds of their classmates and teachers. 10 years later, mother of Dylan Klebold continues to struggle with the grief her son’s action caused for so many people.
“For the rest of my life, I will be haunted by the horror and anguish Dylan caused,” Klebold writes in an essay she wrote for Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine.
“I cannot look at a child in a grocery store or on the street without thinking about how my son’s schoolmates spent the last moments of their lives. Dylan changed everything I believed about myself, about God, about family, and about love.”
She recollects the morning of the tragic incident, revealing her son’s erratic behaviour before leaving their home:
“Early on April 20, I was getting dressed for work when I heard Dylan bound down the stairs and open the front door. Wondering why he was in such a hurry when he could have slept another 20 minutes, I poked my head out of the bedroom. ‘Dyl? ‘ All he said was ‘Bye.’ The front door slammed, and his car sped down the driveway. His voice had sounded sharp. I figured he was mad because he’d had to get up early to give someone a lift to class. I had no idea that I had just heard his voice for the last time.”
Dylan and Eric both committed suicide after taking the lives of 12 students and teachers and injuring another 23.
Read Susan Klebold’s full essay in the November issue of O Magazine, available on newsstands now.