There has been an uproar about Columbine Killer Dylan Kiebold’s mother Sue Kliebold going on a book tour to discuss her son and the 17 years of guilt she experienced since Columbine. Many of the survivors feel that she has no right to make money and profit from their misery. After observing Mrs. Kliebold’s interview with Diane Sawyer , it is clear Sue Kliebold is still in denial as she says she didn’t see any warning signs. Previously she even said that she and her husband don’t understand why their son took part in the massacre.
If she paid closer attention to what was happening to him at school she would have understood why her son took part in the massacre. Had she engaged in some heart to heart talks with Dylan or analyzed her son’s writings, she would have discovered why he was so hateful. She would have known about the relentless bullying her son endured that led him down the dismal path of revenge and murder.
Dylan suffered from mental illness. In fact his mother is donating the profits from the book to mental illness facilities.
Mental health concerns are all the more reason why bullying needs to be stopped in our schools once and for all. Those who are fragile and who have mental illnesses can easily break down mentally and lash out, just as Dylan and his friend Ed Harris lashed out. Apparently Ed Harris , whom you see on the right in the above photo, suffered from extensive mental illness and was on the prescription medication luvox for his problem.
Sue Kliebold’s son Dylan was bullied so severely that he unfortunately took matters in his own hands. After being bullied to a pulp for years, having bottles hurled at him by students driving by in their cars as reported by Dylan and witnessed by fellow students, and having his complaints to teachers falling on deaf ears, Dylan finally had enough.
Normally, when we think of the results of those who have been bullied, we think of someone who goes inward and suffers in silence. They turn their hate inward towards those who bullied them. That is why we hear about the countless suicides and other self destructive behaviors by those who have been deemed social outcasts by their peers.
But sometimes that hate, as a result of what bullies said and did to them, may be turned outward. This was the case in the Columbine killers and with other mass killers on school campuses. All of these killers had one thing in common. They were all bullied. They all expressed that they had enough and unleashed their hatred back to those who bullied them. Sadly, there were innocent bystanders who did not bully, who also suffered the killer’s wrath.
When Dylan and his friend Ed committed their acts of violence, they felt joy- no pain and no remorse. In fact it was reported that Dylan felt justified when he scratched some hateful words on another student’s locker in school. It was his act of revenge. In his diary he wrote that he would ” Feel no remorse, no sense of shame” for any acts of violence he would commit.
As further proof of his hatred towards his self entitled bullies, Dylan also wrote the following in his diary: ” I mow down a whole [expletive] area full of you snotty ass rich mother [expletive] high strung godlike attitude having worthless pieces of [expletive] whores.”.
He goes on to say “YOU KNOW WHAT I HATE, When there is a group of [expletive] standing in the middle of a hallway or walkway, and they are just STANDING there talking and blocking my [expletive] way!!!! Get the [expletive] outta the way….Dead people can’t do many things, like argue, whine b*tch, complain, narc, rat out, criticize, or even [expletive] talk.”
His diary also included disturbing imagery of inflicting pain on others as he wrote ” I felt like getting a baseball bat, breaking it over his head, and then STABBING him with the broken end!!!!” His revengeful entry most likely reflected the inner pain he had experienced as a result of those inflicting emotional pain upon him.
While what he and his friend Ed Harris did was horrific, we cannot deny that his actions and raw hate were the consequence of being so bullied and tormented that they finally decided they were not going to take it anymore. They fought back in the most brutal and severest of ways. Their mental state and lack of mental health , unfortunately resulted in thirteen people ending up dead and countless others suffering from physical and emotional scars they will have to endure for the rest of their life.
Dylan Kliebold and Ed Harris’ pain emotional scars left them emotionally detached- emotionally dead. Just as those who are bullied who end up emotionally dead and turn their pain inward and commit suicide, these two young men were also emotionally dead. They that didn’t care about the consequences of their actions. They were prepared to kill and be killed as they turned their emotional pain outward.
What happened in Columbine clearly shows us that there is another side of bullying. The consequences of that bullying are extremely severe as we saw. That is why ALL schools MUST have a ZERO Tolerance when it comes to bullies and being bullied.
Whether the bullying takes place on a school grounds or over the internet there must be serious and severe legal consequences in place for anyone who bullies another student.