Her son was a Columbine shooter. This is her story.

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Her son was a Columbine shooter. This is her story.

Sue Klebold is the mom of Dylan Klebold — one of the Columbine High School shooters, who murdered 12 students and a teacher in 1999.

It would’ve been understandable if Sue retreated from life and cowered under depression, shame or fear. Sue spent the intervening years parsing through every detail of her family life and her relationship with her son, trying to figure out how she could have prevented such a senseless, horrific act of violence.

She’s now become a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and intervention, and published in 2016 a memoir called ‘A Mother’s Reckoning,’ exploring the links between mental health and violence. All proceeds from the book are being donated to mental health charities, research and suicide prevention.

Sue’s story is difficult and painful — but it’s an important one we need to hear in order to understand and hopefully prevent events like Columbine. Listen to her TED talk below…

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