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April 24th, 2009
07:26 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 4/23/09

Editor's Note: Bullied children who commit suicide and CNN's documentary "Lifting the Veil" were both emotional topics of conversation among Thursday night AC360° viewers. Here are some of your comments, and we'd love to know what you think:
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When I see the bumper sticker on the back of some adult parent's vehicle that reads "My kid beat up your honor student" I get very angry. And from now on I'll either approach the driver or leave a note on their windshield. Intolerant bigoted parents bread children of the same mentality. Thanks for your story.

This whole bullying stuff is really disturbing. But, I'm afraid we let this happen all the time – we even let people make lots of money demeaning innocent people – an example is Simon Cowell (or however you spell his name) and the Susan Boyle incident. He lacks any sensitivity to people's feelings. Is it no wonder that our youth think it's OK to psychologically tear people to pieces. High media profile adults are teaching them quite well!

We know children are killing themselves in our own country because they are being tortured by other "children". So why is our focus on putting an end to torturing terrorists while we ignore this serious problem that is right in our own backyard? Let's spend even half the time addressing the bullying situation that we spend on "waterboarding".

Hello, I am young man going into Combat Engineering in the Canadian Military and I want to commend Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on her documentary that I am watching now on CNN and on her document on PBS, “Children of the Taliban". These two documentaries have reinforced my beliefs that this is my generations fight to fight. The difficult problem is that this is not only a fight, but a fight and a development at the same time. This will not be solved in my lifetime, but at the end of my life I want to know that I was on the just/proper side of the fight. Again, my praise goes out to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and to the persons responsible who put this on the air. This should be required viewing to anybody who doubts why we are in Afghanistan. Please, I implore you, to make more documentaries like this.

I would like to say your program – "Lifting the Veil" was powerful, incredible, heartbreaking and excellent. Gosh, compassion is truly the only way we can change our world community. I teach Ethics at the local Community College – it is a challenge. Your show speaks volumes about why we should be concerned about Humanitarian Ethics and stand strong to support those in this world that are silenced, abused and cannot speak nor stand up for themselves.

"Lifting the Veil” was a tear jerker the first time I saw it and it still is. Have you guys thought about doing a follow-up? I am curious about what has happened to the 14 year old that was sold and burned herself, the mom that has to beg to support her family, the women in the hospital that burned themselves things were so dismal, and the children that now have the opportunity to attend school. Hopefully, now things are better for them.


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  1. Don & Sylvia Lazo

    Thank you for your coverage of the Invisible Children (Kohey). Please don't let it get shoved under the rug. Possible, could you cover the Rescue of April 25? 'Out of sight out of mind' is so true, and it helps a great deal to just be reminded of these very real children! Thank you !

    April 24, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  2. Marilyn Durante

    Dear Anderson,

    The problem with bullied children at school starts with parents in the home who don't teach their children tolerance towards others. These kids hear their parents say hateful things about others. The schools need to start by telling parents to tell the kids to treat others with decency and dignity, not hatred and cruelty. Until the schools start getting the parents involved, the schools won't be able to stop the bullies. Thank you.

    April 24, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  3. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    The universe appears to me like an immense, inexorable torture-garden. Passions, greed, hatred, and lies; law, social institutions, justice, love, glory, heroism, and religion: these are its monstrous flowers and its hideous instruments of eternal human suffering.

    April 24, 2009 at 11:08 am |