CNN Evening News for Friday, Apr 17, 2009
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(Springfield, Massachusetts: Randi Kaye) Carl's suicide case reviewed; scenes shown from the charter school in Springfield, Massachusetts. [Carl's mother Sirdeaner WALKER- comments on her son, what the school said & Carl hanging himself; reads an apology from a student.] [School chairman Peter DABOUL- comments on the problem of handling bullying; suggests we followed policy & procedure.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Mrs. Walker & Soulforce founder Mel White about Carl's case; inset photos shown. [WALKER - explains how she got through the days with support from the Springfield community; says parents needs to be engaged in the children's learning process; indicates Carl exhibited no gay tendencies; states everything starts in the home: to teach being accepted.] [WHITE - reacts to Carl's story; comments on the hostile climate for gays or those perceived to be gay.]
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