CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: A lesson in quiet courage from the parents of school ...

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: A lesson in quiet courage from the parents of school ...
CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: A lesson in quiet courage from the parents of school ...

Raising A School Shooter

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Murder, Mystery And My Family

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Few things could be more dull, you'd think, than watching a man unpacking his weekly shopping. A complete stranger dusting family photographs in silence. Or a middle-aged woman putting on her make-up.

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But now imagine these people have lived with a crushing burden of guilt and grief for decades.

For they are the parents of murderers: some of their teenage children committed multiple killings, walking into school with guns and opening fire indiscriminately.

Suddenly, their parents' mundane activities seem almost miraculous. You wonder how anyone can carry on, finding the strength for years to perform everyday routines after such devastating events.

Raising A School Shooter (BBC4) consisted of wordless vignettes, showing Sue (pictured) in Colorado, mother to one a Columbine High shooters, Dylan Klebold, going on with her life

Raising A School Shooter (BBC4) consisted of wordless vignettes, showing Sue (pictured) in Colorado, mother to one a Columbine High shooters, Dylan Klebold, going on with her life

Raising A School Shooter (BBC4) consisted largely of these wordless vignettes, showing a mother and two fathers going on with their lives in the U.S. 

Sometimes they stopped and spoke of the weight of regret and self-recrimination they carried. 

Sometimes they recalled the horror of learning about the atrocity committed by their own sons.

Mostly, though, they just kept going. In Ohio, Jeff Williams visited the car wash. In 2001, his beloved boy Andy, who was 15, took a revolver from the family gun cabinet and killed two classmates.

Jeff recalled his disbelief. When they were younger, Andy had been 'like my best friend. We would do a lot of things together'. 

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He knew his son was unhappy at school but Jeff, a single father, didn't know how to talk to the boy about it.

In Ohio, Jeff Williams (pictured) visited the car wash. In 2001, his beloved boy Andy, who was 15, took a revolver from the family gun cabinet and killed two classmates

In Ohio, Jeff Williams (pictured) visited the car wash. In 2001, his

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