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Dylan Klebold's Mother "Haunted By Horror And Anguish" Her Son Caused

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In an essay written about her son Dylan and his role in the Columbine massacre that will appear in next month's Oprah magazine, Susan Klebold admits that she had "no inkling of the battle Dylan was waging in his mind."

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"For the rest of my life, I will be haunted by the horror and anguish Dylan caused," Klebold writes, "I cannot look at a child in a grocery store or on the street without thinking about how my son's schoolmates spent the last moments of their lives. Dylan changed everything I believed about myself, about God, about family, and about love." [MSNBC]

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I don't feel sorry for her. I really don't. I have tried, and I think I SHOULD feel sorry for her. But I just don't.

This wasn't an act of sudden madness. These boys had an arsenal of weapons and exhibited all the signs of a psychopath for months before the events. In addition, the parents were nowhere to be seen for months and months after the events. I know this is probably a natural reaction to shame. But shouldn't they be ashamed? They didn't see the signs that were clearly in front of them.

That said, I realize that this is not the "educated" position. It is a gut reaction. And I know I should be above it (especially as a physcian). But I'm not. I just don't feel sorry for this woman.