Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Mother's Reckoning: Living In The Aftermath Of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

A Mother's Reckoning: Living In The Aftermath Of Tragedy by Sue Klebold, 305 pages

One of the most tragic school shootings happened at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.  Sue Klebold is the mother of one of the shooters.  On that day in April, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris walked into their school armed with bombs and guns intending to do the most harm they could do to their fellow classmates.  It was a tragedy.

A Mother's Reckoning is an account of what Sue Klebold has gone through in the past 16 years of her life.  Her account starts on that fateful day when she receives a phone call from her husband urging her to come home.  Fearing her son was one of the victims, she was in denial when she found her son was possibly one of the shooters.  Her account of what follows is chilling.  She tries to convince herself that her son in no way could be responsible for his actions and that rather he was a victim of brainwashing or drugs. We all thought of what was going through Dylan's and Eric's minds, but what about the parents who have to live with the aftermath of what their child has done.  Sue and her husband faced over 30 lawsuits in the years to follow.  Sue also had to return to her life and the person she once was.  Not only was it a fact that her child had killed others, but that her child had committed suicide.  This book will make you think and run to hug your children.

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