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Silence Broken - A Mother's Reckoning: Introduction (01:43)


Diane Sawyer questions if the parents of the Columbine shooters could have prevented the tragedy. Sue Klebold wrote a book called "A Mother's Reckoning;" proceeds will go towards helping the mental health crisis in America. In 1999, two high school boys walked into their school and began shooting; 13 die and 24 are wounded.

After 17 Years of Silence (03:06)

Sue Klebold finds it hard to live with knowing her son Dylan brutally killed several people. She did not know something was wrong with Dylan.

Sunshine Boy (02:28)

Sue describes Dylan when he was little; she wrote a book detailing lessons of regret. Sue recalls learning about the shooting and her son's involvement.

Adolescent Phase? (02:57)

Sawyer cites school shooter statistics and discusses Dylan's childhood with Sue. Sue recalls thinking that the changes Dylan went through were just a phase.

Thoughts of Suicide (02:45)

Dylan began a secret journal; see his first entry. Dr. Gregory Fritz warns of suicidal depression; 15-20% of adolescents consider suicide.

Criminal Mischief (03:16)

Sue states that if she had recognized Dylan was experiencing mental distress, she would have gotten him help. Sawyer cites a series of troubling events. Sue describes a confrontation with Dylan on Mother's Day.

Was it Possible to Stop the Columbine Shooting? (04:14)

Profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole believes school shooters "evolve over time." She discusses Eric Harris' personality; his secret journal was filled with violence. Dr. Peter Langman insists Dylan is different from Eric; see home movies.

Feelings of Power (02:29)

Sue regrets not going through Dylan's room. Dylan and Harris obtained and hid guns; see excerpts from their journals. O'Toole states that Dylan knew right from wrong but it did not stop him.

Pieces of the Puzzle (02:46)

Dylan was released early from community service. A month before the massacre, Dylan wrote a story about a school shooting. Sawyer highlights information about Dylan and Harris that provide a "bigger picture" of their mental status.

Columbine Massacre (04:43)

The weekend before the shooting, Dylan attended the prom. After the shooting, the Klebolds lived in hiding. Sue believed it was a moment of madness until faced with police evidence; she confronts Dylan's actions in her book.

Turning Horror into Purpose (02:32)

Diagnosed with breast cancer two years after the Columbine shooting, Sue decided to learn more about violence and what she missed. Dr. Fritz offers advice about talking to teens. Sue does not blame the parents of Harris; the Harris' did not want to speak publicly.

School Shootings (02:24)

See archival news footage of Charles Whitman's 1966 attack at the University of Texas. Since Columbine, 50 school shootings and 79 thwarted plots have occurred. O'Toole discusses a culture of violence and gun accessibility.

Preventing School Shootings (02:35)

Saywer discusses O'Toole's "threat assessment perspective" and thwarted plots. A man, who was once a teen planning mass violence, makes a plea to depressed teenagers.

After Columbine (03:42)

Sawyer shares responses from victims and victims' family members of the Columbine massacre. Sue reaches out to victim family members; she visits the Columbine Memorial.

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Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold, gives her first television interview nearly 17 years after the tragedy. She talks about her relationship with her son, about the victims, and about what happened inside her home leading up to the Columbine shooting. Diane Sawyer examines teenage mental health, warning signs of a child in crisis, and the possibility of preventing the next school shooting. 

Length: 43 minutes

Item#: BVL114847

ISBN: 978-1-68272-837-6

Copyright date: ©2016

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