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. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    How could anyone not have seen the signs regarding the sunday school taecher case there should have been behvioral problems that people must have noticed like her family .

    April 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  2. Jane

    We are all better of today because these memo's were released!!! We are about to decomission the word Classified. I suppose we should all get passwords to the CIA computers so we can be better informed what they do, after all, whats the big deal, America doesnt have any enemies!!!!! We are the ones who are supposed to apologize to the whole world.!!!! Hello New World

    April 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  3. 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.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  4. Rebekah

    @Jo Ann – from reading the reports, it seems that the specific names of some people involved with the torturing were not released...

    April 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  5. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Rebekah, I am against torture, but we don't know everything about it because some of the report was blacked out by the Obama administration.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  6. Brandi - bottom of the boot


    yes, it is a serious subject and should be discussed, but with sensitivity and compassion. it should be discussed often, because the world does not seem to understand how severe the problem really is.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Mike and Jo Ann...I'm certain the release of political prisoners is a prime concern and is part of the goal in redeveloping this relationship.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  8. Jonny, KY

    I agree: the figures about how many have died as "terrorists" in the US are totally unfounded. Who really knows?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  9. Vini Jaquery

    Let's not get pious about the torture techniques. We're not subjecting soccer parents to these, but instead allegedly hardened, cold blooded criminals capable of unthinkable acts against humanity. Harsh treatment is the only language people without a conscience understand.

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

    Anderson..... 360 is the best on CNN Keep up the great work.....

    April 17, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  11. Rene Soriano

    Obama Is a man ready to sole problems... Real world problems that are going on here in the stats and the world

    April 17, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  12. Kathy, Chicago

    TGIF, Erica, and pay day for us also. I do have spring fever!

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

    The Bush administartion started this game of torture it's bullying and using thier government power or and over again .

    April 17, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  14. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I for once completely disagree with a point David G. made. The idea that President Obama was giving a nod to torture seems a bit misled given Obama's blatant rebut of torture. However, the President does seem to be ignoring the need for prosecution, probably due to his own PR concerns.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  15. Rebekah

    @Anderson – so glad you asked Mark if we can really know if the torture even DID anything constructive (though that wouldn't be anything close to an excuse for it)

    i was so happy that the Obama administration got these memos out to the public. we need to know what's going on with OUR government

    April 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  16. Cristy Kirssin


    It was a beautiful day today! Life is beautiful! Enjoy every minute! We are not guaranteed tomorrow!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  17. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    @Erica....Rose Gray is awesome and extremely talented...ask her to sing for you! 🙂

    April 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  18. Esma

    Danner's insight was very eloquent and informative. Thanks for doing this piece.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  19. Michelle

    What's the Church committee.?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  20. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    Watching you from Germany,The tortured story is a scandal.
    Anderson i wish you a good night,a verry silent weekend,enjoy it Hardworkers have to rest,

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

    I agree that Castro should release political prisoners and was glad to here President Obama call for that as well as other freedoms for the Cuban people.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  22. Jasmine-Spokane, WA

    What is the church comitee?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  23. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Torture, was there any conviction?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  24. Fay - California

    Does it really matter that there was only a 'few' people tortured? The main issue is that war crimes were committed by the Bush Administration and those who committed those acts should be prosecuted.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  25. James from TN

    They knew they were doing wrong by water borting and as Joe Biden said, Dick Chaney was the worse VP ever.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  26. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Rose Gray you poor girl having to put up with Jack he's too prankster like a tyipical brother

    April 17, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  27. Dodie from Irvine, CA

    @ Donata, Amarillo, TX

    I am so sorry regarding your son. Unfortunately children who bully others usually have learned it from a prominent male in their life.

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

    I do not like the idea of torture. It does not always work, and it is brutally wrong when they use it with someone who has nothing with the crime. Sometimes, innocent suspects admitted to the wrong doing because they could not take anymore torture, like in the movie, In the name of my father. And sometimes even died before anything.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  29. Jacqueline, NY

    What hypocrisy! It was the GOP, Cheney and Bush who vengefully leaked the information about that female CIA agent

    April 17, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  30. Rene Soriano

    Thats why he is going every where

    April 17, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  31. Nathan Ponca City, OK

    Those pirates were serious man, within 24 hours they kept their promise to retaliate. We need some naval reinforcements, it's gonna be a battle of epic proportions.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  32. Michelle

    I don't think it is no secret that there was torture.
    So why are Bush administration officials so

    April 17, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  33. Tony

    This is my first time here,so hello! I heard Susan sing just now with no music in bk ground and was amazing.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  34. Maren in Oregon

    the entire Bush Administration was tained by the extremeist neocon operatives loyal to the VP, and not necessarily the Administration. More to come, just wait,.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  35. gingersa

    We are a society out of control. Children bully and parents and teachers and other adults don't intervene to put the bullies in a time-out of sorts and give them a good talking to? Are we afraid of these kids or what?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  36. Judy

    Unfortunately the schools cannot monitor every comment uttered by students. Children repeat what they hear at home. Their values are learned at home. I wonder how the parents of those children are feeling tonight?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  37. Mike Syracuse, NY

    OF COURSE the source of information needs to be kept secret. If you let the other side know what you know and how you know it, you can take countermeasures. Obama has cut the legs out from under the Intel community. Americans will lose their lives from this amatuer action.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  38. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    @esma, lol, that is exactly what i was thinking!!!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  39. frank whitehead

    why doesnt the navy group the merchant ships in convoys and escort them like they did in wwll?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  40. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    How could a woman not know she was pregnant she must have felf movment or weight gain or the common symptoms what is that all about i don't buy it.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  41. Rene Soriano

    Obama is trying to give the world a different image of United States name...

    April 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  42. ruth

    So what if the enemy see the torture method as if they didnt already know .what s more important is american citizens have some idea what goes on now

    April 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  43. Carmella

    I am down the middle on this, no real opinion. I am sure the President has his reasoning. We must trust his judgement I guess. In some sense this may be his way of exposing the past as a show that this will not be the future.

    April 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  44. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, What about those blacked out portions of that report on torture?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  45. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    @Monica~ LMAO! Jack 360! Actually it could happen!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  46. Niwat, Chicago

    Hi AC, AC360 cast and news chatters,

    The bullying kids usually intimidate or get physically assault in private, and they do in gang over a victimised weak kid ( how coward of them ), by the time any guardians notice the offensive behavior, it might be too late. For my case, I got feisty!! I made sure i scored the best grades, get into a better school ( means better social circles ) well..Success is the only exceedingly desperate measure.

    Sleep Apnea is so torturing. Have a great weekend

    April 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  47. Michelle D . Fonthill. Ont

    Rose Grey must have put up with alot from Jack Gray who is older Jack or Rose ?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  48. Tom

    To the CIA violators of the Genena Convention....what goes around comes around! So sad, they feel embarassed about being exposed....oh wait, they weren't physically tortured and held with being charged or tortured were they? Oh well!!

    April 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  49. Gina - Missouri

    I don't think those officials who did the torture techniques should be prosecuted, the orders came from the top. I am glad we don't torture anymore...

    April 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Im glad that they released the torture memos because the American people needed to know that Iran and Iraq are not the only countries that were torturing people during this war

    April 17, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
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