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September 29th, 2010
09:57 PM ET

Should Mich. Asst. AG Be Fired?: Join the Live Chat

Tonight, that law enforcement official who's targeting a college student in his spare time - singling him out for a campaign of vitriol and online attacks. New developments tonight, and the same question people keep asking us:  Why hasn't his boss fired him? We'll put that question to his boss - the Attorney General of Michigan. We're  keeping them honest. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

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Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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soundoff (255 Responses)
  1. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Kevin E, Im sorry for your loss

    September 29, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  2. Dennis

    My heart goes out to the family of that dear child...
    As a youth I too was abused, by my father, his church, and society. the nuns had their favorites that they had bully me. it was "dennis come here, james get the paddle"

    I live in Asia, because my own country FAILED me....
    I'm and peace now, but it took a very long time...

    September 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  3. Kenya

    @Kevin E
    Sorry for your loss and all you had to go through.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  4. Karen, MN

    Anderson,

    Thank you for addressing the issue of of bulling. I was wondering if their is an organization that I could join to help with this issue.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  5. Kevin E.

    Thank you Nina, talking with students and educators has become a secondary full time job some days. 7 years of on the job training with educators and law enforcement on what we can do better.
    I helped create a training manual for Police officers here in MI

    September 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  6. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Bullying is definitely an issue that deserves a lot of attention because it affects so many children. We all know someone who has been bullied and it is important for those who know who the bullies are to take action.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  7. Sue R. Canton MI.

    What a sad story about this young boy. My heart goes out to his parents. Bullying has always been around and will always be. There has to be guidelines set and more serious consequences for the people who are doing the bullying. It seems to be getting worse and worse.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio
    Every school should have a zero tolerance policy for bullies.

    Good point!

    September 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  9. Emily

    @Kevin E.
    "Bullying is the #1 problem in our schools today."

    I hope that things are better for you now, and that Bullying is taken seriously by everyone.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  10. Nicole The Netherlands

    Anderson I wish this family wasn´t on the shoe tonight. Thankyou for adressing this, again
    My heart goes out to the family, and this poor boy for being this desperate.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  11. Jonathan, Maryland

    Something else I just thought about...If Shirvell is an Assistant AG then that makes him a law enforcement officer. If a police officer used the same language towards a suspect or citizen, and it was caught on tape, that cop would be fired. So should Shirvell. Isn't Shirvell trying to quell Armstrong's free speech?

    September 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  12. Terry

    It's hard to beieve that a state employee is doing this and harder to believe that he has been allowed to get away with it this long.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  13. Kevin E.

    Anti-bullying needs to be a community wide project. When we lost our son in 2002 many thought we were simpy " looking for closeure" when we really wanted answers so it wouldn't happen again.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  14. Cessy - Chicago

    Anderson:
    On your bullying segment: Keep having segments like this. Thank you.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  15. marla

    Shirvell the AAG of Michigan should be fired. He is a disgrace to the great state of Michigan. He is using the 1st amendment as a cover to spread hate.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  16. Janis Hewitt

    If anybody can bring this to the nations consciousness, Anderson can do it. I'm with you, Mr. Cooper.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  17. Steve in Southern Illinois

    This is a heartbreaking story. But the accusations against the school are serious also. I would have liked to hear them state specifically who they made contact with at the school.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  18. Sharon Hastings

    Too tragic for words to describe. I would have probably taken my child out of that school. Way too many of these stories. Sounds like the school was on the defensive.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    And we got to teach our children that materialist things have no value!

    September 29, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  20. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I would like too encourage everyone on the blog who feels anything about this story to give support to the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  21. Lori, CA

    Why did they have a loaded gun in the house that was accessible?

    September 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  22. Heather - Spokane, WA

    @Libby-'Good idea Jo Ann. Parents really should make sure their complaints are on file if schools are going to continue to ignore the issue! '

    Apparently parents need to bring lawyers in with them when they compalin too because these complaints are obviously not being dealt with

    September 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  23. Janis Hewitt

    I am so sorry for this family. Congress could do something about this. Schools are taking tax payer money.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  24. Nina

    @Kevin E. September 29th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

    My heart goes out to the Brown family. As a father who has been there, we have to end these senseless tragedies by talking about it.

    My heart goes out to your experience of this situation. I am so sorry.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  25. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    My heart goes to his parents, That is so tragedy for her son..... it was breaking heart 13 yrs old Asher Brown to commit suicide. That so hurts for them.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  26. Kevin E.

    Zero Tolerance has proven to be inneffective, usually it is the kids who fight back who get booted.
    As the Browns note man schools fail to fully report bullying as it is not seen as violence.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  27. Scott

    Tape this session of the stepfather and mother and make this mandatory viewing of all kids in school. Kids need to learn respect for very human being. Parents of bullys are at fault as well for not properly teaching their kids understanding and tolerance.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  28. Emily

    It's great that his family was so supportive of him. Verbal Abuse seems to get washed away...people need to take that very seriously!
    The emotional bruises that it leaves, there are no words

    September 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  29. Kenya

    These stories are really sad. Bullies should face juvie and teachers/administrators need to be held liable for not putting an end to the bullying. When will there be laws protecting these kids?

    September 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  30. kay

    Vitter should have resigned.He had to know this would be rehashed again.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  31. Libby

    Good idea Jo Ann. Parents really should make sure their complaints are on file if schools are going to continue to ignore the issue! :o(

    September 29, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  32. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Scools need to deal with bullying and not set it off to the side like they have been. If they had dealt with these issues we wouldn't have to see or hear of kids killing themselves over it

    September 29, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  33. Michele in Michigan

    AG Cox should fire this man! He is spreading hatred and needs to be taken OUT of the arena. I will be writing Mr. Cox's office in the morning to insist that his assistant be fired. Albert Einstein stated that
    "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."
    We, as citizens of Michigan cannot sit back and allow this to continue.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  34. Lori, CA

    Parents can not rely on schools and teachers to protect their children.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Every school should have a zero tolerance policy for bullies.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  36. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    We got to start teaching our children that they do not have any friends but associates, and the only friend they have is themselves!

    September 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  37. Kevin E.

    My heart goes out to the Brown family. As a father who has been there, we have to end these senseless tragedies by talking about it.

    Bullying is the #1 problem in our schools today.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  38. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Oh man. This is killing my spirit. This never had to happen nor should it ever happen.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  39. Wendy

    Yes he should be fired, the guy is a stalker. I don't understand why the student hasn't taken legal action against him? The Attorney General is a coward, he wants to finish out his last 3 months & let the next guy handle it. Jeff Toobin could kick that guy's butt in any Courtroom, how dare he insult my favorite lawyer!

    September 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  40. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Leave it to the schools to deny ever revieving compalints about bullying when something like this happens to a student

    September 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  41. Scott

    This is just another fine example of what our government focuses on.....Everything but the true problems in this country

    September 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Parents should fax letters of complaint to the school and school board or send certified letters so that the school cannot deny that they were told about the bullying.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  43. Kaytee

    How would the AG feel if something happened to this young man because of his hate campaign? Its always after the fact that we want to go back and see why the bullying or harassment wasn't stopped. Now we have a chance to say to the asst AG that he has crossed the line and he needs to leave the young man alone. But people want to say free speech? Your free speech should not be used to hurt someone else.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  44. Nina

    Thank you Anderson Cooper from bringing up this issue of bullying. It should have been addressed years ago. So tragic that children end up killing themselves due to the trauma experienced at school. So sad for the parents.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  45. Lori, CA

    That is the worst thing that can happen to a mother and a child.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  46. Libby

    It's sad that some schools ignore bullying. :O(

    September 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  47. Peggy

    In my opinion, Mr. Shervill is an obsessed and potentially dangerous man. If I was Chris Armstrong I'd certainly be seeking a protective order and pursuing legal charges. Shame on Michigan's AG for not having the courage to do the right thing.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  48. Emily

    Oh, that is so tragic!
    These stories of anyone who is "Bullied to Death"; they are so heartbreaking.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  49. Chi

    Bullying is so bad! 😦

    September 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  50. Kevin E.

    We've lost 3-4 kids in the last two weeks to bullycide. We have got to change how we address bullying in this country.

    I lost my son Matt to bullycide in 2002 and have been working to improve school safety for the past 8 years. The kids want change, but adults don't want to change.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
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