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Seeking Redemption

"This will be my last year, Lord. I have gotten what I can. Thank you," wrote Rachel Scott on May 2, 1998. While her journal entries reveal she somehow knew her life would be cut short, her parents had no idea she carried this piece of knowledge.

"There's nothing you guys could've done to prevent this," Eric Harris told his parents on videotape referring to the Columbine High School killings he was planning. His accomplice Dylan Klebold echoed Eric's sentiment, saying his mom and dad had been "great parents" who taught him "self-awareness, self-reliance." He apologized: "I'm sorry I have so much rage." "It fucking sucks to do this to them," Eric admitted. "They're going to be put through hell once we do this." They did it. Killing 13 people before taking their own lives, the boys kept their capability for violence hidden from their parents who, friends say, never saw it coming.

Twenty minutes before the killing rampage, Rachel made her last journal entry: a pair of eyes with 13 teardrops falling onto a rose–13, the same number of people Eric and Dylan murdered, one of which was Rachel.

"This is real," Tom Klebold, Dylan's father, said repeatedly, as if trying to convince himself. His worst nightmare – a scenario never considered for the sheer horror of it – was happening. The investigators in his home, the television coverage, his absent son confirmed it.

"God is using this tragedy to wake up not only America but also the world," declared Rachel's father, Darrell Scott. "If I believed for one second that God had forsaken my daughter... I'd be one of the angriest men in America." Instead, Darrell has established the Columbine Redemption ministry and now speaks to groups across the country.

"You want to go after them," Sheriff Stone says of the Eric and Dylan's parents. "How could they not know? Then you realize they are no different from the rest of us."

"Things don't mean much anymore," said Rachel's mother, Beth. "They bring no joy or comfort. It's only people now."


"Good wombs hath borne bad sons."
Eric Harris, quoting Shakespeare's The Tempest

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