April 14th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 04/14/09

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Tonight, Randi Kaye has the shocking story of a Massachusetts 11-year-old boy who committed suicide because his parents say he was bullied at school. Carl Joseph Walker Hoover was a sixth grader, who was a good student. Hoover's mom says other students told her son "you act gay" and "you look gay." She says even one student threatened to kill him. Is bullying out of control in America's schools? Sound off below. And, go ahead and text your question on this story to Anderson. Just text "AC" in the message and add your name, location and question. Then send it to 94553.

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soundoff (393 Responses)
  1. Stephen Wilkerson (Drew) MD


    What a voice, brought Tears to my eyes


    April 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  2. LaRetha

    Bullying is really bad parents need to teach their children to not tease other children.

    April 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  3. Cherry B - Ms

    Goodnight everybody! Great show – lots of highsand lows

    April 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Isabel Siaba

    Good night, Anderson!

    A great show today! Dynamic! With so many issues! I loved! Thanks!

    Good night everyone!
    Good rest!

    See you tomorrow!

    April 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  5. Glen Up North

    Well, it's time again. Evening Anderson, Erica, David G, Jack Gray, and all you bloggers out there. Let's find an end to bullying! 🙂

    April 14, 2009 at 11:00 pm |
  6. Michelle

    Great work tonight team 360. It was
    an interesting night of news.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  7. David, Indiana

    Renee, sorry I forgot about the water pleasure taxis. Yep those are probably complete fluff. I enjoy Drew Griffin's reports too.

    Mike in Syracuse, if the pirates are taking ships while riding in inner tubes, I won't be too surprised. They're kind of resourceful.

    I've never seen Les Mis. Great singing though.

    Yeah of course Bo likes tomatoes. I love tomatoes

    Good night everyone

    April 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  8. Nattada, Houston TX

    I am so shock with her singing. I totally got goose bump. It is so great. Oh my god. I will check her in Youtube again. Thanks for showing this to us.

    Good night everyone.
    Have a good one all.
    Sweet dreams!!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  9. Renee

    Best video tonight. I have goose bumps. Good night all! Have a wonderful Wednesday.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Maureen T, Canada

    Thank you Andy. Emotions were everywhere today...Good night and thanks again!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Lori from IL

    I think there is a lesson in the YouTube lady for all of us ... people should not be judged based on their appearance!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  12. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Have a good night everyone! Be safe!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  13. Caroline, Los Angeles

    That's one of my favorite songs from Les Miz.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  14. Johnny, KY

    This was such a strong hour for AC360! Keep it up!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  15. Lauren--NY

    Thanks for choosing Susan Boyle for The Shot. A beautiful way to end the evening.

    Goodnight, everyone. Anderson, have a safe trip to Delaware tomorrow...you'll have fun. I miss it there (my mom's from DE).

    April 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  16. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    Good evening CNN and have a wonderful week....

    April 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  17. Elaine, Des Moines, IA

    Oh wow....Susan can really sing! I'm almost in tears.

    Good night everyone.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  18. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Go Susan!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    As we all know, looks can be deceiving. , ,

    April 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  20. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    We do rip a lot of show off of the Brits!...We should steal Quest Means Business....or at least show it in the States on CNN! ...That was an incredible video! That girl can sing! I'm so glad she got through! 🙂

    Have a good night Anderson, Erica and fellow bloggers! Have a great sleep and a wonderful tomorrow! Chat with you tomorrow!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  21. Cristy Kirssin

    Good Night Guys!! I love you!!!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  22. Anthonia-California

    Ohhh, she gave me a chill :]
    that was a great shot!
    goodnight everyone

    April 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  23. Maren in Oregon

    Wow! That went by too fast. Great show, packed with stuff. Thank you for closing with a special Shot. Goodnight Anderson, Erica, David, Peter, Drew and all the rest of the AC360 Team!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  24. starr formerly known as vincent

    @ Judy Upshaw – thank you for your remarks and you are so right!

    Fast night again, Good night Anderson, Erica, David G. and everyone else with 360!

    Good night fellow bloggers great conversation!!

    About Bo the dog, great story amist so much anguish tonight.

    What a voice this woman has!! She may not be the prettiest, but she was excellent!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  25. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Thank God we're ending on Susan Boyle, especially after the bullying story! Susan's a hero and there is hope!

    Thank you!!!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm |
  26. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Love that Boyle clip. Simon's face said it all.

    Goodnight All

    April 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  27. Isabel Siaba

    Now she is being invited to present at several shows. I hope she is getting for this, since it is (or was) unemployed.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  28. Michelle

    That's the problem I have with American Idol. The most
    talented people do not always win.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  29. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Wow, that lady belongs on Broadway.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  30. Angie- West Chester is the Best Chester

    OMG Susan rocks. It's a sin to have her talent go unrecognized.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  31. Sabrina

    Good for Ms. Boyle all the naysayers had egg on their face.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  32. Maureen T, Canada

    That's right, looks aren't everything when you've got a fantastic voice!! I hope Simon does the right thing and sign that lady to a deal!!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  33. Isabel Siaba

    Applauded standing! 🙂

    April 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  34. Maren in Oregon

    Susan Boyle” Yea!! I’ve copied and sent that video to as many people as possible. It is the most inspiring thing I’ve ever seen. I just sat in my office and balled the first time. So fabulous. You know who I got it through – Jack Gray on Twitter. Thank you!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  35. Isabel Siaba

    Susan Boyle sings too!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  36. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    She has a beautiful voice... she only needs a make-over... 🙂

    April 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  37. Esma

    I can't tell you have many times I've watched that video, I love Susan Boyle!!!
    *Sigh* I wish I could sing...
    Goodnight, everyone!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Good night Anderson, Erica, David G, and my friend twitter/facebook bloggers!!!!!!!
    Have a great night and sleep tight everyone!!!! 😀
    See you tomorrow night!!!!
    Day of the shot with Sharon Boyle is amazing voice, ohhhhh Simon is so funny and blushing!!!!! LOL! that is great shot I love! Wow!

    Have a great night, good sleep at home after work!!!! See you tomorrow night!!! Have a plenty sleep! 😀

    April 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  39. Samantha M.

    the way they were holding the leash... Ceser Millan would have a cow!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  40. Marilyn

    Parents teach their children that homosexuality is an abomination. What effect does that have on gay children? Kids can be mean. My heart is broken for that beautiful child, and his family.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  41. Isabel Siaba

    Look to face the jury when Susan starts to sing!

    April 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  42. Dan Nelson

    If we don't do anything about the lawlessness and poverty in Somalia we will never stop these pirates from attacking merchant ships. Look they were teenagers who have no work or legal means of getting money for food for the family. Some of that European stimulus money should go to help this country for it's survival and/or go in to bring law and order along with some projects to put people to work that may begin to rebuild their economy. It started in Somalia and that's were it got to end.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
  43. Caroline, Los Angeles

    @Christine--I'm so sorry for your loss. I think more parents should be picketing school board offices over this issue.

    April 14, 2009 at 10:56 pm |
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