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Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold, says not a day goes by that her heart doesn’t ache for the victims and families of one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history.
On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, heavily armed with guns and explosives, murdered a total of 13 people — 12 students and one teacher — and injured 21 others at Columbine High School. The two gunman committed suicide. The shooting rocked the nation and forever changed security policies for schools.
Now, for the first time since the massacre took place, Sue Klebold is speaking out.
“And I keep thinking, constantly thought, how I would feel if it were the other way around and one of their children had shot mine,” she said in a preview for the segment that aired on Good Morning America. “I would feel exactly the way they did. I know I would. I know I would.”
Klebold, whose memoir, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, is due out Feb. 15., told Sawyer that “never a day that goes by where I don’t think of the people that Dylan harmed.”
Sawyer questioned her use of the word “harmed.”
“I think it’s easier for me to say harmed than killed, and it’s still hard for me after all this time,” Klebold said. “It is very hard to live with the fact that someone you loved and raised has brutally killed people in such a horrific way.”
Klebold says she believed at the time she was doing the best she could as a mother in raising Dylan.
“I felt that I was a good mom. That he would — he could talk to me about anything,” she told Sawyer. “Part of the shock of this was that learning that what I believed and how I lived and how I parented was an invention in my own mind. That it — it was a completely different world that he was living in.”
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