Healing after Murder-Suicide -- Mother of Columbine Shooter Shares Grief Journey: Interview with Sue Klebold | Episode 2

NOTE: This podcast aired on 12/27/18 at 10AM ET http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hopeilluminated

Overview

While only 2% of suicides are murder-suicides, the narrative of this tragedy dominates public consciousness. Due to the fact that the circumstances are horrific, and the media reports on these stories more frequently and with more details than most other community tragedies, it’s not surprising that we feel overwhelmed. What is often not discussed is the unimaginable grief and trauma left behind in the families of the perpetrators. In my interview with Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold, we learn more about why she spent many years in hiding and what she is doing now so that other families don’t have to experience what hers did.

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About Sue Klebold

Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School in 1999 who killed 13 people and injured more than twenty others before taking their own lives.  Since the tragedy, Sue has worked to understand the crucial intersection between mental health problems and violence.  From her book, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy (Crown, 2016) she is donating all author profits to mental health and suicide prevention organizations.  She is a member of the Loss and Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and a member of the Consumer Survivor Subcommittee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Show Notes

Klebold, S. (2016). A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy. New York: Broadway Books. https://www.amazon.com/Mothers-Reckoning-Living-Aftermath-Tragedy/dp/1101902779

Sue on Dr. Oz show: https://www.doctoroz.com/episode/daytime-exclusive-columbine-killer-s-mom-sue-klebold-takes-you-inside-life-dealing-mentally

Sue on 20 20 with Diane Sawyer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Id2tvt4D18

Sue on BBC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fSKsPwP2JI

Sue’s TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/sue_klebold_my_son_was_a_columbine_shooter_this_is_my_story

Sue’s interview with NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston: https://www.audible.com/pd/Ep-5-Youre-Not-Alone-What-Were-You-Thinking-Audiobook/B077VRNF9C

Sue’s interview with Colorado Public Radio: http://www.cpr.org/news/story/sue-klebold-talks-about-mothers-reckoning-her-book-about-her-son-dylan-and-columbine-high

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Thomas Joiner’s book “Perversion of Virtue”: https://www.amazon.com/Perversion-Virtue-Understanding-Murder-Suicide-ebook/dp/B00HQFO64I/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1545860748&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=perversion+of+viture+joiner

The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention’s International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day: https://afsp.org/find-support/ive-lost-someone/survivor-day/

(2004) THE FINAL REPORT AND FINDINGS OF THE SAFE SCHOOL INITIATIVE: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE PREVENTION OF SCHOOL ATTACKS IN THE UNITED STATES from the UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE AND UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION https://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/preventingattacksreport.pdf

(2018) ENHANCING SCHOOL SAFETY USING A THREAT ASSESSMENT MODEL: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence

https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/18_0711_USSS_NTAC-Enhancing-School-Safety-Guide.pdf

Extreme Risk Laws Toolkit

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wSfzgeN4BJCQxBCZRB7LrMAXTN2F0t_o/view

Recommendations for Reporting on Mass Shootings

https://www.reportingonmassshootings.org/

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