January 14th, 2009
11:06 PM ET

On the Radar: Mychal Bell Speaks Out

Here's what we're working on for tomorrow.

President Bush gives his final farewell in a primetime speech in the East Room. It's his last scheduled public appearance until Inauguration Day. The Obamas also move into Blair House tomorrow, their last stop before the White House. It's also a big day for Hillary Clinton. The Senate votes on her cabinet appointment. We'll have details on all of that.

We'll also have a 360° exclusive interview. Hear from a young man who was thrown into the media spotlight in 2006. Mychal Bell was one of a group of black teenagers who was charged with attempted murder in the beating of a white classmate at Jena High School in Louisiana. The charges were reduced after a national outcry and the largest civil rights march in decades.

Bell eventually pleaded to a juvenile charge of second-degree battery and has been living in a foster home in Monroe while attending school. But on Christmas Eve he found himself back in the news after being arrested for shoplifting and simple assault. A few days later, Bell shot himself in the chest. Fortunately, he survived. So why did he try to take his own life?

Sean Callebs sat down with Bell and talked to him about the enormous pressures that drove him to the edge.

It's an emotional interview. Join us at 10 p.m. ET tomorrow and see for yourself.

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  1. Eugenia - San Francisco

    I had a cousin who had attempted suicide and she knows it was the worst mistake she had ever made in the 20 years in this world. She needed to talk and didn't, she would hide in her room. Her family members should have seen that she needed someone to help her. It still kills me to this day that I knew something was wrong 1 week before it happened and I should have done more to help her. I hope you talking with CNN has benefited you and you feel stronger now. Please remember if you ever feel like you have no where to turn that there is always someone there to talk to even if it is not a family member.

    I wish you the best,

    January 15, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  2. Mike in NYC

    I'm not in the least interested in what thug Bell has to say.

    Ringleader of a cowardly gang assault on a young man who had nothing to do with the Jena noose "incident." Bell was a lowlife then - he's a lowlife now.

    The racial grievance racketeers and their enablers drove the Jena fraud bandwagon for all the high-powered publicity it could get, and now they're blaming the media that slavishly indulged them for Bell's "troubles."

    Only in an insane, topsy-turvy world could someone like him become the hero of a "civil rights" march. And I have no doubt that more, and worse, is to come.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:37 am |
  3. Kuala

    My thoughts go out to Mychal Bell. I can imagaine his life has changed tremendously, but things can and will get better for him. Just keep the faith and know he is loved...

    January 15, 2009 at 12:31 am |
  4. Tammy, Berwick. LA

    All great reasons to keep the TV off tomorrow night and read a book.

    January 14, 2009 at 11:18 pm |
  5. Sharon

    Obviously all the protesting to get his charges reduced did nothing for his morals!

    This young man has no morals and to let him get off easy for beating a boy who had nothing to do with the situation is just appalling!

    Well I hope this brings to light that if you do a crime you need to do the time! In this young man's case he clearly did not learn anything and he talks like a thug!

    I think it was wrong to lesson his charges to begin with and now I know I was right! I don't feel sorry this boy, I think he needs to learn some hard lessons in life!

    January 14, 2009 at 11:10 pm |