April 17th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 04/17/09

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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. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    President Obama will have Chavez in his hand, soon. Chavez is all about bravado and ego and our President is massaging his ego.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  2. susan

    HI Andeerson,

    Why can't these ships go in a convoy with military or paid security escort? I believe that is what was done in war time.

    That's why people traveled in wagon trains and not single crossings in the old west-for better protection.

    Probably why they travelled in caravans in biblical times, as well.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Leah, vancouver, bc

    Well said Casey Jones!!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Lori from IL

    Sad story on the little boy who committed suicide because of bullying. Think there have been bullies around forever, however it seems to have been taken to a new level. I think schools need to be involved, but so do parents - empowering their children to be self confident enough to understand the one bullying is the one with the problem, not the one being bullied.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Larry Monserrate

    Get the pirates before they attack. Provide reward money to those who inform us when pirates leave from land.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  6. Maren in Oregon

    While the conservative woud e happier to see Obama ignoring Chavez – it is in our best interest that President Obama gets long with everyone, and turns them to our side for a change. Bravo.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  7. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    very sad about the child

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA


    Don’t mad at Ashton!!!!!! I love you…… I told people to follow CNNBRK….. Sorry Anderson! I am give you hugs! Really disappoint.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  9. Joel Abrams

    Regarding the Hijacking going on, I was wondering why no one has concidered using a similar technique to what was used during WWII using convoys or grouping of several ships who could then be escorted by navy ships of various countries? Granted the logistics of doing this would be daunting but certainly the lesser of two evils. It would offer much more coverage (protection) with far fewer navel ships.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Rebekah

    @mike and @brandi – poor health or some other factors can let pregnancies go unnoticed until... well, the woman delivers the baby.

    that would be just terrifying! i feel so bad for that woman!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Mike Syracuse, NY

    How about as a sign of good faith, some concrete action by Castro like realeasing the 250 political prisoners he has locked up?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  12. Suzy Weast

    Our son was bullied in junior high and it was so painful to see him suffer. We talked to the principal numerous times. The only way if finally got settled was when we called the police and told the bullying kids parents that we were pressing charges for assault. That also got the attention of the school. After a a brutal year at school it was finally stopped. Schools just give lip service to this problem.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  13. Esma

    I'd love if we can mend the fence with Cuba, and I'd be even more thrilled if this can translate to other countries around the world.
    On a semi-side note, Chavez is quite a character.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  14. Jacqueline, NY

    Why can't the President meet with the man.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  15. Isabel (Brazil)

    It is good to know that the dialogue between nations is revival!
    Pres. Obama makes a difference really!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  16. Arnold Fleming - Waterloo, Canada

    Piracy – Why not have merchant ships travel in a convoy, protected by several navy ships from various countries......In this way the pirates wouldn't be able to board isolated ships that are too far away from a Navy escort.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  17. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Hello Anderson and Erica

    The bullying never seems to stop it never did for me all throughout school just beacuse i didn't dress right or say the right words to fit in i didn't know why it happened to me .

    April 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  18. ericacnn

    Hi, everyone – what a Friday! A lot of interesting news and a lot of energy here in NY... not sure if it's the news, the fact that it's Friday – and pay-day Friday at that!, or the gorgeous spring weather, but it seems everyone around here has an extra sping in their step.

    Oh, and Jack Gray's sister is here visiting!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    It is best for Obama not to get too "chummy" with that clown Chavez.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Maren in Oregon

    It's about time! We should always have been done with Cuba long ago. It coud havde been a suburb of Miami by now, if our government had had any gumption. There's money to be made here

    April 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Leah, vancouver, bc

    The first step in stopping the victimization of children who are bullied because someone decides they are "gay", is to recognize that gays are genetically predetermined and that they must be given all the rights of every citizen.

    Canada has done so and as a high school teacher I see this type of harrassment diminshing. Even teachers on are staff have acknowledged their sexual preference and there has been absolutely no backlash from students, staff or parents.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  22. Tom

    Still have no idea why when ships are being attacked, they don't call on the USS Boxer or another ship with fighter planes and have them send out some Harriers that travel 700mph to take care of the pirates. Even with the size of the area, they could reach the scene in less than an hour.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    Nice to know that our country is finally going the way by talking to people....

    April 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  24. Michael Bennett

    Regarding the pirate problem off the coast of Somalia. I understand there is a multi-national force patrolling but are the using a system of protection similar to the convoys of WW II? It would seem protected convoys would make sense.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  25. Mike Syracuse, NY

    @Brandi, that's exactly what I was thinking. How can you be delivering a baby without sone hint in the 9 months before that?

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

    After its debut in Europe at the beginning of the month, the "new diplomacy" of President Obama will be tested in the American continent during the 5th Summit of the Americas

    April 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  27. Esma

    I've had Carl Hoover and Sandra Cantu on my mind for days now...I cannot imagine the grief that their parents are feeling. There are truly heartless human beings on this planet.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  28. Monica M. Williams

    This year is shaping up to be the year of the courageous captains. First Captain Scully now Captain Phillips. Here we have two true Average Joes doing incredible things when faced with adversity. Who need an action figure when you’ve got the real thing.

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

    Philips is definetly a hero for going through what he did to keep his crew safe. That is a real captain

    April 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  30. John Barnes

    Re: Pirates

    Why can't the coalition navies protect cargo ships in groups much as they did during WWII across the Atlantic?


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

    Hugo Chavez...about as sane as Edi Amin. Rebuilding a relationship with Cuba is WAY overdue. To those who have issues relative to human rights abuses, remember the only way to affect change is to engage the offender and re-store the relationship, first.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  32. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! Happy Friday.
    It's great to see the captain finally back home in the U.S. I hope more aggressive efforts to prevent piracy are successful.

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

    So glad about the observed silence for that poor little fellow. If this attention saves even one child's life, it would be wonderful

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

    @jorge, it doesnt always work, they must be moved to a completely different district, and then that may not work either.

    down here, its starts at the top, the school boards.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  35. Nattada, Houston TX

    Good evening Anderson, Erica,David G., AC 360Team, and all bloggers.

    Well, CNN did not win Twitter challenge, a little sad. But the Malaria No More charity got its deserve donation anyway. It was a good and fun race.

    Don't be so sad, Anderson. You did your part the best. Oh..and Erica, too. I was worry about you, too. You were so excited to win yesterday. 🙂

    I am so happy for Captain Phillips to be back to his warming home. There is no place like home.

    Now lets pray for other people held by pirates and US Navy oversea. Thanks David for the report.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  36. James from TN

    Hi Anderson LTNS. The pilot said the military were the heros but, if he hadn't gave himself all of them would've been tied up. The young man who killed himself was so sad. That's what happens when we let schools babysit our children.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  37. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    I was harassed day in and day out in middle school. Came close, to going off the brink. Schools have a zero tolerance policy but they don't enforce it. You have to have exact proof to get the school to be on your side.....

    April 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  38. Janine from PA.

    Happy Friday to all happy Orthordox Easter too.
    Capt. Phillips is a hero, to possibly give up his life to save his crew, yes that qualifies him.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  39. roni

    i wonder why the cargo ships dont have armed guars to protect the ship.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  40. Anita Ellin

    Why do the Somalians hate us in the USA?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  41. Isabel (Brazil)

    Poor woman having a child this way!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  42. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Captain Phillips is such a gracious person! I am so glad he has come home safely!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  43. Samantha M.

    That is really really hard to believe she didn't know she was pregnant.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  44. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    Happy Friday to all of you! As far as the pirate situation, I think that they really need to look into having some sort of securitu team on each cargo ship that goes out.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  45. Isabel (Brazil)

    After 5 suffered days, Captain Phillips deserves all that and more!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  46. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    a woman in labor who didnt even know she was pregnant? wow...how do you not know???

    April 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  47. Lisa L

    Good evening Anderson,

    I am praying the mother receives support and the memories of her son bring her peace.

    For the kids at school you can learn from this mistake and turn it around by cease bullying.

    Thank you for keeping me informed.


    Lisa L
    Sydney, Australia

    April 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA


    Don't mad at Ashton!!!!!! I love you...... I told people to follow CNNBRK..... Sorry Anderson! I am give you hugs!

    I agree with Jasmine was saying " 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!"

    April 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  49. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Anderson, we need to take this fight to the pirates. We need to start special force operations against them in their ports.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  50. Rebekah

    looking sharp tonight, Anderson! good evening everyone!

    i really want to thank everyone at 360 for mentioning the Day of Silence today that took place in schools. This is something that needs to be talked about.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
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