TED Conversations

“I cried as you told your story”: Comment of the week, Feb. 8, 2017

This week’s comment was posted on Sue Klebold’s talk, “My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story.” Many times, a comment section represents the worst of our collective thoughts, but in this instance, on this platform, there is so much compassion. I was impressed with the level of respect and understanding shown to Sue by our entire community, but Heidi’s comment stands out because of her personal experience with the Columbine shooting.
Heidi writes: "I was in the library during the Columbine shooting. I cried as you told your story, and my heart really just ached. I admire your courage to stand up and speak about this and have found healing in your words."

Heidi writes: “I was in the library during the Columbine shooting. I cried as you told your story, and my heart really just ached. I admire your courage to stand up and speak about this and have found healing in your words.”

Heidi’s sentiments are mirrored in her community members’ comments, but her proximity to the shooting adds a specific weight to her words. As an outsider, it’s comforting to read Heidi’s comments and, if the upvotes are any indication, I’d imagine I’m not the only person who feels this way.
Sue’s bravery in both her talk and advocacy work is so important, and I hope the comments from the TED.com community can stand to show just how impactful it is too.
Here’s to another week of powerful community interactions!