Tuesday's AC360 opened with another tragic story of a child being bullied until they commit suicide. Phoebe Prince was a high school student in South Hadley, Mass who killed herself in January. Nine students, 7 girls and 2 boys, have been arrested and some of them will be charged as adults in the case.
Gary Tuchman brought the details of Phoebe's case in a 'Keeping Them Honest' report. According to the police report her harassment happened in school in front of students and faculty. An expert on school bullies said Phoebe's death could have been prevented if school officials had just listened to her complaints.Anderson was back at the magic wall to highlight other recent suicides by children. Among them
Carl Joseph Walker Hoover 11 years old, Jaheem Herrera, 11 years old and Alexis Pilkington, 17 years old.
The statistics of childhood bullying, he sited, are pretty shocking:
1 in 5 students admit to bullying
1 in 4 students say they have been bullied
42% of children say they have been bullied online
160,000 students say they have skipped school because of bullying
41 States have passed some form of bullying legislationDr. Phil McGraw joined Anderson Cooper to discuss bullying in schools and the specifics in the South Hadley case. He said he fully supports the charges filed and also said accountability with parents and school staffers is a necessity.A follow up on last night's breaking news of the Michigan militia group Hutaree which has had 9 members arrested. Drew Griffin shared details of the case and the accused in his report, including the news that it was other militia members who turned in the Hutaree because they felt they had gone too far with their plot to attack law officers.Another interview tonight with a former Scientology members who say that they were assaulted, or witnessed assaults, at the hand of leader David Miscavige. Again a church spokesman characterized the beating accounts as false and alleged those that spoke out to be just disgruntled 'church' employees who quit their jobs when demoted by Miscavige.
AC mentioned that some of the interviews for this series were taped back in July of 2009. I know a lot of work and effort goes into a series of this sort but 10 months caught me a bit by surprise.
The most bizarre moment of the program was Anderson's interview with 4 ex wives of those who spoke out against Miscavige. Two spoke at length about how they slept with their men for many years and knew every inch of their bodies. I just had to snicker at that one.....poor choice of words ladies. But further who is going to believe ex wives who probably have an ax to grind against the men they are no longer married to?Next up....Haiti. AC was back at the magic wall with some facts and figures:
It's been 78 days since the earthquake struck
222, 517 reported deaths
310, 928 injuries
105,000 homes destroyed
208,000 homes damaged
1.2 people displaced to rural areas
$1.1 billion dollars has been donatedHe also interviewed Sean Penn, who is still working diligently in Haiti. With the rainy season coming relocating people out of the make-shift tent cities that have sprung up is Penn's top priority. www.beattherain.org is Penn's website with information on the new crisis that is looming and how you can help. Anderson will be reporting live from Haiti on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Tom Foreman was back with the 360 News and Business Bulletin:
•President Obama signed the health care fixes and student loan reforms into law today
•French President was at the White House today
•German researchers found dark chocolate is good for your heart
(AC reveled that he likes milk chocolate, not dark. TF agreed.)
•Dating Game contestant got the death penalty in his case
•New images of Christ have been released by the History Channel
•Philly charter school leased space after school hours to a nightclubI like Tuesday's 'The Shot' of a baby deer and a black lab playing ball much better than the loris being tickled. But AC still seems to be stuck on the tickling rodent video. ~Phebe
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