Sue Klebold spoke at Fresno City college Wednesday afternoon about her life’s journey as the mother of Dylan Klebold. Dylan was one of the teens behind the infamous Columbine massacre that took place 19 years ago at Columbine High School in Colorado.
That school shooting took the lives of 12 students and one teacher along injuring 20 other people.
“One of the most important things we can do to help people is to listen,” says Klebold. “Listen differently when they are speaking.”
Klebold says she can remember the day the tragedy happened like it was yesterday. She says her son Dylan seemed normal before the massacre that took place.
“I heard the front door open and all he said was bye and then slammed the door,” says Klebold.
Klebold said that was the last time she heard her son’s voice because after the massacre the two shooters committed suicide.
Looking back she wishes she’d known the warning signs and through her book, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, she’s hoping to help turn the tide on the wave of school shootings plaguing the United States.
“If they would see any slight little change, any little indicator,” says Klebold. “If something was different with their children they are determined that it was something they needed to dig more deeply into.”
As Klebold spoke at Fresno City the auditorium was silent. Everyone was hanging on every word of the mother of one of America’s most infamous school shooters.
“If you think we get over these events we don’t,” says Klebold.
Victoria Escandon is a student at Fresno City College. She bought Klebold’s book and thought her speech was moving.
“I think it was a wonderful speech to hear.” says Escandon. “When you think of Columbine you only think of the people and the survivors.”
Escandon says Klebold’s speech brought a different perspective and thinks the topic of mental health and suicide awareness is very important to have.