Columbine killer’s mother still tone deaf in son’s murders

Columbine killer’s mother still tone deaf in son's murders

Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine coward Dylan Klebold, recently gave one of her mental health talks again, this time in Dallas.

It’s really nothing I haven’t talked about before, but again she seems to be giving the wrong impression of what her demon spawn did. She continues to talk about Columbine like it was only her son’s suicide and not the mass murder of 13 innocent people.

I still think her continued talks are a continued form of disrespect toward the victim’s families.

Columbine killer’s mother: School shootings are a contagion

Columbine killer's mother: School shootings are a contagion

In the wake of the school shooting at Santa Fe High School, which is a sentence I’m getting tired of writing, Susan Klebold, mother of Columbine coward Dylan Klebold, was interviewed by the New York Times about columbiners due to the similarities between the two shootings. I’ll be addressing the Times article in a future post. However, I would like to address something that she said about the aforementioned similarities and for that, I’ll be using The Hill as my source.

In speaking about the trench coat wearing Dimitrios Pagourtzis, Klebold said…

It was like the shooter was being her son “all over again,” Klebold said.

“I do believe there is a contagion,” she said.

No shit it’s a contagion and your demon spawn was patient zero, Just about every school shooting that has happened since Columbine has been influenced by your son and his psychopathic cohort Eric Harris. From major catastrophes like Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Parkland and Santa Fe to more forgotten but still deadly events like Red Lake, NIU, and Dawson College all have your son’s fingerprints all over them.

The sad part is while your son was the contagion you could have been the vaccine that could have prevented all the bloodshed that hs conspired over the past 19 years if you had just not ignored the obvious signs. Instead, you blame Columbine on the mythical bullying, the easy access of guns, which your son obtained illegally, and even more insulting is that you blame your son’s mental illness, which you did nothing to help. You blame everything except your son who helped light the fuse on almost two decades of senseless killings in his and Harris’ name. You’ve even said that you had nothing to apologize for.

Maybe one of these days you’ll stop acting like you and your bad seed were victims and take responsibility for what the two of you have wrought.

Sue Klebold gives TED Talk: Same old song and dance

Columbine killer’s mother still tone deaf in son's murders

Back in November Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine coward Dylan Klebold, gave a TED Talk about mental health issues. Apparently, they’ll let anybody give a TED Talk, but I digress.

Here is the talk in its entirety…

Here’s what I took away from it; this is nothing we haven’t heard from her before and she still refuses to acknowledge her responsibility in the Columbine tragedy. I don’t think she’s solely responsible for it; as I’ve said in the past, it was a perfect storm of failure between the shooters’ parents and local law enforcement. However, I do believe that she shares a great deal of responsibility for allowing her son to carry out the brutal murders of 13 innocent people, alongside Eric Harris and influencing every copycat school shooting that has happened since.

Once again she doesn’t apologize for her inaction. Instead, she apologizes for what her son did, then almost immediately negates that apology by blaming Columbine on everything else but her son. She blames his suicidal tendencies, the supposed easy access of guns, and Eric Harris. While Dylan Klebold may have had mental health issues, and was a lackey to Eric Harris, his mental issues weren’t so great where he didn’t know the difference between right and wrong. At any time he could have walked away, just like anytime you could have done your job as a parent and actually checked up on what he was up to.

She’s not as brave as so many people keep claiming. She’s doing nothing more than trying to rationalize her son’s murder spree, refusing to acknowledge that he had any willing hand in it, or the fact that she could have easily prevented one of the most tragic crimes in our country’s history.

Sue Klebold to speak at mental health conference. Who’s paying?

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When word of Sue Klebold’s book was being made public it was stressed that all the proceeds from the book were being donated to mental health charities. At the time I speculated that there is more than one way to cash out. Is public speaking one of those ways?

Klebold is scheduled to be speaking at a mental health conference in June in Alexandria, Virginia. One has to wonder if she volunteered or does she now have a speaking fee.

Sue Klebold blames guns for Columbine

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Recently the Washington Post published a column entitled ‘If guns had been harder for my son to buy, Columbine might not have happened’ by Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine coward Dylan Klebold. No doubt this was done to coincide with the release of her book.

In the opinion piece she talks a good game about mental health issues but still tries to deflect the blame from her murdering spawn.

There were the deep depression and suicidal thoughts that he had been living with and that I was unaware of. There was his distorted belief that he was unloved and unlovable. There was the bullying that made him feel like an outsider at Columbine to an extent I will never know. There was his friendship with Eric and the ways each reinforced the anger and pain of the other.

But let’s just gloss over Dylan Klebold’s criminal behavior prior to the murders and the fact that he was bullying a special needs student.

However mostly in the piece she blames the ease of access to guns as a main factor of the Columbine shootings…

Having said that, I still cannot help but believe that Dylan and Eric would not have been able to take the lives of so many if they had not had such easy access to guns. As I later learned, Dylan and Eric — both of whom were minors — secretly attended a gun show where they bought the shotguns they would use in the massacre and met a young man who sold them a TEC-9 semiautomatic pistol.

She seems to be giving the impression that Klebold and Harris walked into a gun show and some how purchased the shotguns legally but that’s not how it happened.

Robyn Anderson, a friend of Klebold and Harris, bought the shotguns and the Hi-Point 9mm Carbine at The Tanner Gun Show in December of 1998 from unlicensed sellers. Because Anderson purchased the guns for someone else, the transition constituted an illegal “straw purchase.” Klebold and Harris bought the TEC-DC9 from a pizza shop employee named Mark Manes, who knew they were too young to purchase the assault pistol, but nevertheless sold it to them for $500.

So in effect they bought the guns illegally off the street, you know, like criminals. The gun control laws you’re imagining only effect gun dealers and do nothing to stop people from selling guns illegally and no gun control law will. As I’ve said before it’s harder than ever to procure guns but school shootings still continue not because of the supposed ease of access if guns but because of entitled and selfish kids who emotionally can’t handle life and their lax parents who are more concerned with being a friend rather than being a parent.

It seems she really hasn’t changed her tune from when she said that she had nothing to apologize for.

10 questions for Sue Klebold

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In the wake of the recent interview with Sue Klebold on 20/20 Alan Pendegrast of Denver based alt-weekly Westword has written a piece entitled SUE KLEBOLD: TEN QUESTIONS COLUMBINE KILLER DYLAN KLEBOLD’S MOM WASN’T ASKED.

By all means please go to the Westword site and read it as they are questions that should not have only been asked but should be answered.

However I am going to abuse fair use here because I think these questions should be saved for posterity. I’m posting them behind the cut but I take no credit in writing them as they are the property of Westword.
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Trench’s thoughts on Sue Klebold’s 20/20 interview

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I finally got around to watching “Silence Broken: A Mother’s Reckoning”, the interview Diane Sawyer did with Sue Klebold on 20/20 that aired this past Friday. If you missed it and have a cable subscription you may be able to watch it here. Or if you’re a cord cutter like me it should be available for everyone on Friday. In a word I was not impressed.

While I was impressed that she made no excuses for her coward of a son I still feel like she just doesn’t get it. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think that Sue Klebold is solely responsible for not preventing Columbine. Columbine was a perfect storm of failure between the parents and law enforcement. Like the story said they all had pieces to the puzzle so I believe they all share some responsibility. I still believe she missed some obvious signs and did not take some actions that should have been taken. For example if your son asks you to buy him a gun and you suspect that he might be having mental health issues then that should be taken more seriously then I think it was. Not to mention the fact that she decided to stop searching his room in his senior year was another mistake. Columbine was planned a year in advance. You can not tell me that nothing would have been found if the room had not been searched in that time. Also the school notified her of the violent story that her son had written that she chose not to follow up. While that may not have been a sign of the impending tragedy it should have been a sign that her son needed professional help. Sue Klebold also said that she didn’t blame the Harrises who in my book deserve more blame than the Klebolds which leads be to believe that she herself feels no blame. That harkens back to 2004 when she said “I haven’t done anything for which I need forgiveness.”

Another thing that was mentioned that I don’t agree with was the FBI profiler who laid a large amount of blame on violent media such as movies, music and video games. In my opinion it’s not the amount of violence that kids may be exposed to but a generation of parents who aren’t preparing their kids emotionally for the real world.

One thing that I did agree with that was brought up was the stigma that seeking psychiatric help carries with it. I was suicidal as a teen and my parents knew it yet they never considered getting me any professional help that I desperately could have used. They, like a lot of parents, were probably more concerned about what the neighbors thought rather than how I felt. If people felt less stigmatized in seeking professional help for their kids or even themselves it would go a long way in preventing tragedies like Columbine. If Sue Klebold’s book could at least help fight that stigma then maybe she’ll have finally done some good.

20/20 to air interview with mother of Columbine killer

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This coming Friday ABC News will be airing their interview on 20/20 that Diane Sawyer did with Susan Klebold, the mother of Columbine coward Dylan Klebold. They’re calling the episode “Silence Broken: A Mother’s Reckoning”. That’s because the airing of the interview coincides with the release of Klebold’s book “A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy”. You’ll have to forgive me if I don’t believe any actual reckoning will take place. I’ve posted about all this before so please indulge me while I copy and paste some of Sue’s greatest hits.

From my initial post on when the book was first announced

In the past during rare times that she has spoken to the media she has made excuses for her, her husband Tom and their hellspawn. In 2004 she told the New York Times that “I haven’t done anything for which I need forgiveness.” In 2009 in an essay she wrote for O Magazine she basically admitted how clueless she was when it came to her son and again she admitted as such in a 2012 book about children who commit crimes. So you’ll have to forgive me if I think the book is going to be anything but more of the same.

But I hear you say “She’s not being paid for the book.” Of course she isn’t, not directly anyway. The only reason the proceeds are going to charity is because the families of the real victims of her son would raise holy hell if she took even a penny. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to get compensated especially if the book takes off.

Then from my post about when the 20/20 interview was first announced

Too many news shows these days try to portray criminals as victims or falsely accused and a number of gullible viewers believe whatever is spouted from the mouths of talking heads which in turn is helping to lead to a society where no one is held responsible for their actions. As having said before that she has nothing to apologize for, Sue Klebold will be their champion.

And I wrote that months before people were starting to be deceived by Making a Murderer.

Susan Klebold is not brave, she doesn’t deserve sympathy and she’s certainly no victim. For the past 17 years, she’s been nothing but the poster child for not taking personal responsibility whether it be for her or her cowardly demon spawn.

Mother of Columbine killer to give TV interview

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Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine coward Dylan Klebold, is set to have an interview with Diane Sawyer aired on ABC in February of 2016. The date of the airing is set to coincide with the release of her book which I first wrote about here. The book is entitled “A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy.” All proceeds from the book will go to charity and mental health research.

I’ve said all I wanted to say about the book in my previous post however it seems that the interview is already being set up as an excuse-fest with this quote from ABC…

Journals kept by Klebold, who was reportedly in a program for highly intellectual students and was his father’s chess partner, revealed that he had grown increasingly shy in his teenage years. He was bullied and had turned inward to journals.

I guess we have to go through this at least one more time. There is no evidence to indicate that Klebold or his scumbag buddy Eric Harris were ever bullied. Conversely, there is plenty of evidence that they were the bullies themselves.

Too many news shows these days try to portray criminals as victims or falsely accused and a number of gullible viewers believe whatever is spouted from the mouths of talking heads which in turn is helping to lead to a society where no one is held responsible for their actions. As having said before that she has nothing to apologize for, Sue Klebold will be their champion.

Mother of Columbine killer to write book

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Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold, is said to be writing her memoirs which will deal with the ‘indescribable grief and shame’ she has had to live with for 15 years. Also, all proceeds from the book will go to charity and mental health research. So does this mean that the Klebolds are finally accepting responsibility for the events on April 20th 1999? While that remains to be seen I doubt it.

In the past during rare times that she has spoken to the media she has made excuses for her, her husband Tom and their hellspawn. In 2004 she told the New York Times that “I haven’t done anything for which I need forgiveness.” In 2009 in an essay she wrote for O Magazine she basically admitted how clueless she was when it came to her son and again she admitted as such in a 2012 book about children who commit crimes. So you’ll have to forgive me if I think the book is going to be anything but more of the same.

But I hear you say “She’s not being paid for the book.” Of course she isn’t, not directly anyway. The only reason the proceeds are going to charity is because the families of the real victims of her son would raise holy hell if she took even a penny. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to get compensated especially if the book takes off.

Then again maybe the guilt has finally gotten to her. The article states that she’s been wanting to write this book since Sandy Hook. That’s more than fitting since just about every school shooter has paid some tribute to her son and his cowardly cohort Eric Harris. Cho Seung-Hui, Stephen Kazmierczak and Adam Lanza all viewed her son as a hero. She has it within her power to try to end that kind of veneration of killers. Whether or not she chooses to use that power responsibly remains has yet to be determined.