The parents of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold don’t want forgiveness — because they don’t think they did anything wrong. In a conversation with NY Times columnist David Brooks, the Klebolds described the Columbine massacre as a natural disaster and blamed the “toxic culture” of the school. Not their son.
The Klebolds describe the day of the shootings as a natural disaster, as a “hurricane” or a “rain of fire.” They say they had no intimations of Dylan’s mental state . . .
. . . The most infuriating incident, Susan said, came when somebody said, “I forgive you for what you’ve done.” Susan insists, “I haven’t done anything for which I need forgiveness.”
She blames herself only for not recognizing her son’s depression.
I agree with Brooks that Dylan Klebold “was a self-initiating moral agent who made his choices and should be condemned for them.” And yet his parents seen all too eager to blame everyone but their son for his actions. Of course, they didn’t raise him to be a murderer. But they did raise him. And he was a murderer, not just a suicide.
Victims’ parents are not troubling the Klebolds with their forgiveness.