Susan Klebold

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Susan Klebold was a mother, wife, and colleague of many. A typical Tuesday would be the beginning of a painful journey ahead for herself and family. April 20, 1999 was a devastating day for people across the country. In the article, “I Will Never Know Why” Susan is able to share her story about this specific day. Her son Dylan, a 17-year-old student at Columbine High School. Dylan and his friend Eric were involved in the shooting massacre that took place at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. For many years we have heard the stories of what took place that day but now Susan was given the opportunity to tell her emotions as that day went on. “I Will Never Know Why” is an example that parents could be blinded by the trials and tribulations…show more content…
In Susan’s case this was a constant thought on her drive home that morning. She continues to explain how her husband and her both noticed a different tone in Dylan’s voice earlier that week and morning of the shoot. She goes on to give some background of the relationship Dylan had with Eric Harris. She knew they were capable of destructive behavior when together but why continues to let them be close friends? Through her use of word choice I thought the word perpetrators was harsh to use against her own son. Susan’s explanations of how Dylan was less joyful going into his adolescences was an appeal to readers that she as a mother saw various signs but was still unaware that her own child was in a very depressed state. “I mistrusted everything---especially my own judgment,” that statement alone clarified that she indeed does blame herself for what has happened in the earlier months of that tragedy. After years to deal with that pain Susan has grown to deal with this in a way to recover and help those who suffer from the thoughts of suicide and depression. I appreciate that Susan does not base this article off of the pain that her family has suffered but she uses this article to show that this could happen to any family and there are ways to prevent this. Parents do not know the do’s and the don’ts of parenting. After reading Dylan’s journals and private possessions she began to understand that there were signs that she was blinded to. Like she stated, “We are not trained to identify it in others, to help others appropriately or to respond in a health way if we have these feeling ourselves.” This is true to many others who have gone through the tragedy of suicide. Susan does a great job of achieving her purpose in this
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