On April 20th, 1999, 2 boys entered Columbine High School and killed 13 people, injured more than 20 others, and then killed themselves.
Last year, Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold, opened up about the experience of being the parent of someone who brought pain to others. She did this via TEDMED--a subset of the TED Talks series of programs.
TED released the video just two days ago on their YouTube channel. The 15-minute talk has since gone viral, receiving almost 300,000 views.
TED turned off comments and reactions on the video because "YouTube's comment moderation tools are not up to the task of maintaining a quality discourse here."
TED described this deep, painful, and difficult talk in this way:
Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters who committed the Columbine High School massacre, murdering 12 students and a teacher. She's spent years excavating every detail of her family life, trying to understand what she could have done to prevent her son's violence.
In this difficult, jarring talk, Klebold explores the intersection between mental health and violence, advocating for parents and professionals to continue to examine the link between suicidal and homicidal thinking.
Warning: this is indeed a painful and dark talk about death, mental health, and the personal fallout that Klebold experienced.
Head over to the next page to watch Klebold's talk.