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. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    @Esma, talked to my aunt who works at the hospital, that certain thing can still happen......don't know how, but all I can say is that the human body is just......distorted..

    April 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  2. gail

    Terrorist were already aware as I and all American were of the torture techniques we committed. This push back is ,as I said last night ,is about the Bush apologists not being able to white wash the Bush/Cheney legacy. We are safer because President Obama had stopped these methods and as for Dick Cheney , his word is not worth spit.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Colbert

    A very good evening to you folks. A few moments ago Anderson Cooper referred to President Obama's trip to Latin America. Newsflash guys, Trinidad & Tobago is in the Caribbean. As are Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Grenada etc. A great evening to you all, from a Caribbean Man.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Miss J

    I've heard stories on talk shows of women who didn't know they were pregnant until they gave birth.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  5. Maureen T, Canada

    Good evening Anderson. TGIF! It's the weekend!...Looking forward to another interesting show!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  6. Esma

    I'm glad Obama released the Torture Memos, we now know what we did and we have to own up to it and move on. As much as I'd like for people to be punished, I have a feeling it's just not going to happen.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  7. Brandi - bottom of the boot


    hello! please extend our most loving greetings to Rose Gray, she is so talented and wonderful! im not sure which i like more, her or jack, but shhhh...dont tell. heehee

    April 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  8. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I do tend to agree...if there is a congressional investigation that could make our intelligence community risk averse...but I still don't think that torture is acceptable and I don't think anyone should be punished or investigated for these memos.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  9. Maren in Oregon

    the entie torture story comes down to one thing, one word, one person: Bush. We've not donw this before, we mus not do it again, and the argument that it worked 50% of the time is simply ridiculous! "Roughly half. . ." no kidding

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

    Mike, Syracuse, NY. I agree that Castro should release those prisoners because they are mostly writers, school teachers, and people like that.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  11. carolyn cee yah

    hi good evening everyone,
    i feel sad for the young boys mother today being his birthday.
    i pray that something comes of this program, that ppl and
    school take notice of bullying.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  12. Cristy Kirssin

    I wasn't expecting to get angry comments about my comments on the blog about the 11 year old boy...It's important this issue, but may be to sensitive to be airing on the news especially twice in the same week.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  13. Cessy, Chicago

    A woman didnt know she was pregnant–not the first I heard but at least she didnt say she didnt know HOW she got pregnant, right? 😀

    Anderson-are YOU wearing jeans at work? looks like you are wearing blue jeans!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  14. Randy

    I think the US should look into Drones accompanying ships as they travel in the regions know for pirates. Charge the companys a reasonable tax for the service and have a soldier on land control the Drone incase pirates. The Drone could launch from the ship and take care of business. Return to the ship and in secure area. It would create jobs plus add a little tax in the deal and its win win.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  15. Michelle

    If you are not doing anything wrong what is
    the harm in releasing the memos?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  16. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Thank you for that diagram of the water boarding "technique." I never really understood how it works until now, and that makes a big difference.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  17. Donata, Amarillo, TX

    My 12 year old son has gone through the same bullying this year. Our public and private school systems need to be held accountable for providing a safe learning enviroment for all children. I feel a big part of this problem is parents/caregivers are not teaching their children how to treat all people with respect. That means teachers, administrators, school personal all need to step up provide role modeling of proper communication and character. Kids want to belong and right now belonging means "taking down" someone. Likewise, the "gay" comments are the bullets in the take down and sadly the administrators we have had to deal with think that these types of comments are just "middle schoolers being normal". How wrong they are! It has been a tough school year for our family and is part of the reason we are moving back to Colorado in the summer. Thanks for using your show to help find a solution to this horrible problem. One child lost is too many.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  18. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Obama's release of what methods we will or will not use means that our enemies would be better prepared. Giving aid and comfort to the enemy has a name.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  19. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    How about that capitain? Modest, he is.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  20. Leah, vancouver, bc

    After visiting Cuba I have come to realize there is propaganda on both sides...a great many claims are being made by Americans who have never visited the country. Pres. Obama is right to make his first steps so talks can begin.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  21. Monica M. Williams

    Wow Erica. So much talk about JACK GRAY. He must be " The Man" around there. Watch out Anderson. We maybe watching Jack360 soon.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  22. laura

    I would think the pregnant woman would have felt the baby kick. That feeling is very unmistakable.

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

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

    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.

    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.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  24. David, Indiana

    Hi Anderson, Erica, everyone. So nice to see Capt Phillips with this family today. He was humble, but a good captain. And whatever he says, he's a hero for putting his life on the line for his crew.

    I think the whole twitter contest went well. Kind of cool that Ashton Kutcher won, sort of the underdog, all for a good cause.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  25. gail

    The picture of President Obama shaking hand with Hugo Chavez is quintessential Obama. I know some will think he should have snubbed him , but I think that is just not the President's nature.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  26. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    I am glad they stopped water boarding.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  27. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Thanks for blogging tonight Andersonit's been a while since you particpated in live blog but you are soooo busy !

    April 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  28. Jacqueline, NY

    Monica, I agree. about the captains and average Joes and Joesies.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  29. Lori from IL

    @Erica - 70 again today in the greater Chicagoland area - Spring seems to have sprung and everyone is outside!

    Can't believe the woman didn't know she was pregnant. Sorry - I'm not buying that.

    And now the real question - did Jack Gray get his apartment cleaned before his sister arrived?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  30. Preet Sabharwal

    It's important that these children are aware that there are solutions to these types of problems. Similar to New York city's "if you see something, say something" campaign, there should be some type of public campaign that promotes equal treatment of young people toward each other. This is a cycle that has not been broken for many years and if this child's death isn't encouragement enough for change, then what is?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  31. Maren in Oregon

    Spring in NYC. It's obviously infected the show – you guys have been very up this week – and Anderson took that on the road to Deleware with great effect.. Spring is bustin' ou all over!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  32. Isabel (Brazil)

    @ Erica Hill

    Even in a tiring week, when it comes to Friday it seems that the energy resurge. Friday is a different day! 🙂

    Evening, Rose Gray!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  33. Jerry

    In respect to the pirates off the coast of Somalia. I understand that the area to be covered is vast, however, what about having ships convoy and be protected by the various warships instead of sailing alone and subject to attack. Pirates would not dare to attack ships in convoy knowing that protection is there.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  34. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I can't wait to hear another of Susan's performances! I took voice in college and I can tell you that singing a cappella like Susan did on LK is not an easy thing to do. I bet most of the famous singers out today could not do it to save their lives.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Rose Gray is really special lady to visit her brother Jack....... I am thrill for her to visit today!

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

    I got alot of heat for participating in the discussion on the 11 year old boy on Monday from a victim...and we are discussing this again....

    April 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  37. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Captain Phillips should be given a humanitarin awrd for his bravey he overcame such a voltile situation and his is so brave for dealin with these pirates.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  38. Esma

    @ Brandi and Mike (Syracuse)–I would think missing a certain girly thing for oh, I don't know, 9 MONTHS would be a clue!!!! I'm at a loss to find the logic in this story.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  39. jorge PE

    hello jack gray sister, you are welocme to 360 studio

    April 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  40. Patrick

    Pirates – Wouldn't this be a perfect opportunity to put Global Hawks and Predators to good use. They are perfect tools for this problem.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  41. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Wow, really great news that Obama gets along with dictators so well. Hopefully he isn't getting played.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  42. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    @Erica, the spring weather is having a nice effect on everyone. So nice to have a happy day amist all this mind blowing/heartbreaking news.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Regarding the unexpected birth, could it be like really bad indigestion up until the actual birth? I've heard of other such cases...

    April 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Brandi - bottom of the boot


    unfortunately, people forget too soon when a child is lost, one year after my sons suicide, a girl the same age also committed suicide, from the same school. they made no changes, they learned nothing.

    the school officals contributed to my sons death, and yes, i know this, they refused to do anything.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  45. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Hi Erica and bloggers! Yes, it does seem like an exciting and energy-filled Friday! I still can't believe that 911 call about the woman who had a baby and never knew she was pregnant. Glad the mother and child are doing well....

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

    Good evening Anderson

    April 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Palak, delaware

    Children are the future of our society. We need to ensure that the right values are instilled in them. the envt at home and at school plays a critical role. Ot is very truly said that it takes a village to bring up a child. Thanks for covering this and for listening patiently. i am sure you know that people like you are role models for many in the present generation.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  48. Monica

    I wonder what those pirates do with all those millions...they certainly are not shopping at designer men's shops!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  49. andersoncnn

    evening everyone.... thanks for joining us.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    @Erica i hear you Happy Friday yeah it's the weather that's making it nice for energy spring fever is in the air.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
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