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April 17th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 04/17/09

Tonight on 360°, bullied to death. A child taunted at school takes his own life. Who's to blame?

And could the school have stopped the teasing? Carl Joseph Walker Hoover’s mom says kids taunted him saying "you act gay" and "you look gay." Today thousands of students across America participated in a Day of Silence to draw attention to anti-gay harassment in schools. We’ll have all the angles.

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  1. Maren in Oregon

    If the area is that area is really big, the only way to "shrink" it is to do it from space. Google has the power – I bet we do to. Let's use it.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  2. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    The truest heroes are those that don't see themselves as heroes...they feel they were just doing their job! Captain Phillips is a true hero!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  3. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    the only force that can win successfully against the pirates are the ninjas. and yes that does include our crazy awesome Navy SEALs 😀

    April 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  4. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Good Evening

    April 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  5. jorge PE

    that what they did to kid is so terrile, i think the kid should have been changed from schooll

    April 17, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  6. Lori from IL

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Team 360 (including Jack) and Fellow Bloggers -

    Glad the show started out with the homecoming of Captain Phillips - that's one happy family!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  7. Greg, Austin Tx

    It's kind of hard to get into news-mode after hearing Susan Boyle sing. Hopefully she'll be on every night somewhere.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  8. Rafael Bronx,NY

    Hey Erica and Anderson what do you guys think on Ashton winning the 1 million race on twitter?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  9. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Hello People!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  10. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    I am so happy to hear of Susan Boyle’s experience. I understand she is famous world wide within one week. Just amazing and inspirational!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  11. Vickie

    Capt. Phillips is such a humble man. He may not think so, but he too is a hero!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  12. Esma

    Wow, the pirate will be on trial in NYC? Didn't see that one coming.
    I'm hoping we can resolve the pirate situation with as little bloodshed as possible.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  13. Lauren--NY

    Happy Friday, everyone. I'm with Esma...Captain Phillips is certainly a hero, and his modesty only makes him more of one.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  14. Jacqueline, NY

    This is just what we need. More people after the US for something.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  15. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Good Evening Anderson, Erica, Jack, David and the rest of the bloggers. ((TGIF))

    April 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  16. Cristy Kirssin

    Life is great! Even though the news can be dismal at times, we can rejoice when great things happen, like the return of Captain Phillips.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  17. Maren in Oregon

    Oh, wonderufl. David McKenzie is a favorite ! Hope we have a chance to see him more often.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  18. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    If I saw that pirate out on the street being led somewhere surrounded by police....I'd point my finger and laugh at his embarrassment.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  19. Mike Syracuse, NY

    In the old days the captured pirate would have been tried by the Navy and hung by now.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  20. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Glad to see the captain is finally back with his crew

    April 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  21. Cessy, Chicago

    good evening, everyone and HAPPY FRIDAY!

    glad to see Capt. Phillips reunite with his family and crew. What will happen to the pirate who surrendered?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  22. Rafael Bronx,NY

    Hey Anderson, Erica, and bloogers

    April 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  23. Isabel (Brazil)

    Good evening, Anderson Cooper!
    Hi, 360 team, friends and bloggers!
    Happy Friday!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  24. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Captain is so smiling his face meet his mom, wife and 2 kids!!!! he is awesome person I saw!!! He is our hero!!!!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  25. Jonny, KY

    I'm glad that AC360 is continuing to follow what happens because of anti-gay harassment.
    The Day of Silence is a great event. I did it for the last 2 years of High School (in small town schools, there weren't a ton of others doing it too, but a great bunch of participators all the same), and I think it's a worthwhile cause. People ask questions and the information DOS provides is useful to those unfamiliar with it.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  26. Maren in Oregon

    OMG, Chris that's sick! Sounds like something Jack woud suggest.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  27. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    He says he's not a hero, but you know what? He totally is! He is a mental phenomenon in my book....

    April 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  28. Maria

    Happy Friday Anderson, Erica and AC360
    Happy return for Mr. Richard Philips

    April 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  29. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Hello tweeter, AC,Erica, and ROSE GRAY! Welcome!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  30. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    goodevening all. looking forward to more about the tragic loss of Carl.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  31. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All!I'm loving the coverage today on The Humble Hero.It puts a smile on my face!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  32. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Good Evening Anderson, Erica, Jack, David and the rest of the bloggers. ((TGIF))

    I am so happy to hear of Susan Boyle’s experience. I understand she is famous world wide within one week. Just amazing and inspirational!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  33. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Captain Phillips displays what a ship's captain is all about, putting his crew first.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  34. jorge PE

    tgif happy friday

    April 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  35. Maren in Oregon

    What a wonderful scene! But, let's be a little cautious -this isn't going to be the only incident with Americans in peril in that dangerous area. Great outcome! Whew!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  36. Cherry B - Ms

    Good evening everybody! Hope everyone had a great day. Anderson, hope you can heal from the crushing Twitter blow. Just wonderful about the Captain's return. What a guy! He's also very gracious.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  37. Gina - Missouri

    Hello Anderson and Erica! Glad the captain is home!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  38. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, Anderson, Erica, Jack, and bloggers! Nice to be back after a grueling finals week.

    Glad to see the captain safely at home with his family.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  39. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    mmmm. chicken pot pie sounds good right now... so happy that he is finally back! Could not be stable after all of that commotion!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  40. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Hey All. Hey Anderson, Erica, David G., twitter/facebook buddies, and the rest of the best bloggers in the world.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  41. Cristy Kirssin

    Hi Anderson and fellow bloggers!!! It's Friday!!! How is everyone?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  42. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo Anderson, Erica, David G, and my friend twitter/Facebook bloggers!!! Thank God Its Friday Night!
    This afternoon I watched on Situation Room, Captain Phillips came home today!!!! Welcome home Captain Phillps!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and my fellow evening conversationalists! I think for the first time in a long time I can say Happy Friday! Excellent lead story with the Captain returning home! 🙂

    April 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Good evening bloggers! Chicken Pot Pie Ala Mode...my favorite!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Jacqueline, NY

    Greetings All! Happy Friday, already. Too many things to do. So little time.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Samantha M.

    Fantastic to see Captain Phillips home. The really cements optimism.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Esma

    Hey, everyone: Anderson, Erica, David Gergen, all at AC360 (including Rose and Sammy), the Tribe, and all the bloggers!
    So glad that Capt Phillips is home and whether he likes it or not, he's a hero. He put his life on the line for his crew, that's more than enough to qualify as a hero!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Miss J

    Susan just sang the song from the Titanic! I love it – It was beautiful!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    HAPPY FRIDAY! A nice hallo to Erica, facebook groupies, tweeting tweeters, and everyone else!

    Anderson, don't be mad at Ashton Kutcher, be mad at all the people who said they would follow cnnbrk, but didn't. So for you, you get a special super fantabulous hug from me!
    😀
    😛
    :O
    :X

    April 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Maren in Oregon

    Hello Anderson! Great contest! Well fought! Hi Erica, you two did your best! Looking forward to the show.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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