Speakers Forum Presents Sue Klebold: Living in the Aftermath of Columbine
The Fresno City College Speakers Forum presents Sue Klebold, mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two gunmen responsible for the Columbine High School shootings. On February 13 at 12:00 p.m. in the OAB Auditorium, Klebold will share a message of hope and survival as the 20th anniversary of the shooting nears. Admission is free and the community is welcome to attend.
The Columbine High School shootings occurred on April 20, 1999 in Littleton, Colorado. Dylan and his friend killed 12 students and a teacher, and wounded more than 20 others before taking their own lives. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Ms. Klebold remained out of the public eye while struggling with devastating grief and humiliation. Her search for understanding would span over 15 years as she explored issues of suicide, loss, surviving tragedy and examined the crucial intersection between mental health problems and violence. Because of her exploration, she emerged a passionate advocate, dedicated to the advancement of mental health awareness and intervention. Klebold donates the proceeds from her 2016 memoir, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, to several agencies that promote mental wellness, brain research and suicide prevention. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Klebold is a member of two suicide prevention organizations, has participated in presentations and co-chaired conferences at the state and national levels. She has a Master of Arts degree in Education from Cardinal Stritch University. She was an instructor and administrator in the Colorado Community College System for over twenty years.
The Fresno City College Psychological Services Office and the Fresno chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will be on hand to offer resources and information to those in attendance. ADVISORY: This presentation deals with topics of suicide and murder, and may cause triggers in individuals with trauma. Mental health clinicians will be available on site for consultation.
Event parking is available on Lots B & C. Parking in all other lots is $1 in student stalls only.
Contact 559.489.2218 for more information.