Tonight, the mother of one of America’s most notorious school shooters appears on television for the first time in an interview given to ABC’s Diane Sawyer. The riveting hour will air during a special edition of 20/20 on Friday at 10pm ET/9pm CT.
It’s been nearly 17 years since Sue Klebold’s son Dylan and his friend killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. On April 20, 1999, 17-year-old Dylan and his 18 year-old friend, Eric Harris, clad in black trench coats and shot their way through the school, executing friends, foes and strangers. The duo had planned for an epic spree with hundreds of casualties; the pair had also set several homemade bombs which failed to explode, sparing the lives of other classmates and first responders. After the murderous rampage, Dylan and his friend Eric Harris committed suicide.
Tonight, Kelbold talks about her anguish over the lives that were lost, and the warning signs that she missed that might have prevented the tragedy.
Kelbold has written a book, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, which will be released on Feb. 15. The book’s publisher has said that Klebold will donate the profits from her book to charities devoted to mental health issues.