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Schools / Bullying / Anti-Gay Harassment / Boy's Suicide / A Discussion #929458

CNN Evening News for Friday, Apr 17, 2009
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A day of silence to call attention to gay harassment in the schools noted; photos shown of young Carl Walker Hoover, who committed suicide after being bullied.

(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.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Kaye, Randi

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