It was the horrifying massacre that ushered in the modern age of school mass-shootings, and almost 17 years after the killings at Columbine High School, one of the people closest to one of the shooters, Dylan Klebold, is speaking out. In an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer, the slain shooter’s mother Sue Klebold talked emotionally about missing the signs, and living with the grief all these years:
“I think we like to believe that our love and our understanding is protective, and that ‘if anything were wrong with my kids, I would know,’ but I didn’t know,” she said. “And– it’s very hard to live with that.”
“I felt that I was a good mom… That he would, he could talk to me about anything,” Klebold continued. “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.”
Klebold added that she thinks of the victims and their parents every day, adding that “I keep thinking– constantly thought how I would feel if it were the other way around and one of their children had shot mine. I would feel exactly the way they did. I know I would. I know I would.”
Klebold’s full interview airs Friday night on ABC’s 20/20, but the network has released a short preview of the interview in advance.
Watch the video above, from ABC News.
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