American Tragedy

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April 20, 1999 was a day that changed the world. Columbine High School was under attack by two of its own students: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. It has taken Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, twenty years to reconcile how the son she affectionately referred to as “Sunshine Boy” could willingly and knowingly be a school shooter. “If love could have stopped Columbine,” she says, “Columbine would never have happened.” After reading Dylan’s journal, Sue is surprised to learn that he was depressed and suicidal. Yet understanding that school shooters almost always suffer from common mental illnesses does not get us any closer to solving the problem. In fact, until now, it has only gotten us looking the wrong way. Sue’s story shows that what happened at Columbine is not just a rare and sensational event, but a particularly gruesome appendage to a much larger and more common tragedy.

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  1. I can't even imagine this kind of pain…….Peace be with all the families INCLUDING the Klebolds and Harris's

  2. Everyone who enjoyed this movie, you MUST read Sue Klebold's book. This doc is well done but it doesn't remotely tell the whole story, which I know is impossible for a film to do. The level of detail Sue goes into is extraordinary. One thing that stays with me, that basically sums up how horrible the aftermath was for the parents, is that Dylan's father said for years after the massacre that he truly wished Dylan had killed he and Sue in the house before he left to attack the school. He felt being one of Dylan's shooting victims would be easier than being left behind to deal with the wreckage. I re-read that section many times in disbelief. The devastation those kids created cannot be measured.

  3. I mean to the families who lost loved ones yes it's extraordinarily hard but I can imagine if not only do you lose your child but it's your child who took away and murdered so many other loved ones so you have to grieve your child and also come to terms with what your child did and also be hated by so many people for what your child did..
    Idk how she handled that.
    I'm no way saying that it's easier put the parents you just lost the child of course not I'm just saying your child is also gone but is also responsible for the other children and teacher who will never be coming home again along with the countless others who suffered critical injuries and are still living with them to this day and the ripple effect that this has with the PTSD the SWAT team and police officers blaming themselves for not going in sooner..
    My prayers for everyone who lost the loved one with dealing with yeah aftermath who is still dealing with lifelong injuries whether that be physical emotional or both..

  4. All i can say is i would love to tell them that it is not there fault, how would they know!

  5. 21 years later and things are worse than ever. People didn't learn so it will keep repeating itself

  6. My heart hurts for her. She was a good mother, but she still in a little bit in denial and that's understandable

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