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March 31st, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Obama's off-shore oil drilling plans

(CNN) – President Obama will unveil plans today to expand oil and natural gas drilling off the Atlantic coastline and in the Gulf of Mexico.

The proposal calls for new off-shore drilling from the tip of Delaware to the central Florida coast. Our Suzanne Malveaux has the report on the controversial proposal.

Filed under: Energy
March 31st, 2010
07:00 AM ET

How diverse is the Tea Party?

(CNN) – When you size up the crowds at Tea Party rallies diversity is not necessarily the first word that comes to mind. It's right there to see in black and white.

Minorities don't appear to be playing a significant role in the movement. As our Ed Lavandera tells us, some people believe that could be a problem for the party when America votes in November.

Filed under: Politics
March 31st, 2010
05:56 AM ET

LIVE Blog: Chat with us during the show

Editor's Note: Welcome to American Morning's LIVE Blog where you can discuss the "most news in the morning" with us each and every day. Join the live chat during the program by adding your comments below. It's your chance to share your thoughts on the day's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules: 1) Keep it brief 2) No writing in ALL CAPS 3) Use your real name (first name only is fine) 4) No links 5) Watch your language (that includes $#&*).

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Phoebe Prince, 15, who had recently moved from Ireland, committed suicide in January in Massachusetts."]

More students disciplined following girl's suicide

(CNN) – More students have been removed from a Massachusetts school in the investigation of the alleged bullying campaign against a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide, a school official said Tuesday.

Nine students at the school have been charged in what a prosecutor described Monday as a months-long campaign of bullying that led to the suicide in January of Phoebe Prince.

"We have taken disciplinary action with an additional small group of students and they have been removed from the high school," Christine Sweklo, assistant superintendent of South Hadley, Massachusetts, public schools said Tuesday in a news release. She did not provide details on the number of students, their identities or what involvement they might have had in events leading up to the suicide. FULL STORY

Sound off: We want to hear from you about this bullying story. What do you think should happen to people at the school who allegedly let this go by? Join the conversation on today's top stories. Add your comments to the LIVE blog below and we'll read some of them on the show.

Filed under: LIVE Blog
March 30th, 2010
08:41 PM ET

The Teaser

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:30AM The force behind the Tea Party movement: Women. We'll talk to Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots and Rebecca Wales, Communications Director at Smart Girl Politics on why women make up 55% of the party.
6:40AM & 7:40AM  Held captive in Iran's notorious Elvin Prison for 100 days – Iranian American journalist Roxana Saberi will tell us her story.

7:30AM  Another victim: Mitch Brouillard says his daughter, too, was targeted by a bully in South Hadley High School – and that this bully is part of the group  being held responsible for the suicide of a 15 year-old girl.

8:30AM  What danger do the militia groups pose? Brian Levin, from the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism will joins us to discuss.

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Filed under: The Teaser
March 30th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 3/30/2010

Editor's Note: Tuesday’s American Morning audience was disturbed by the report of nine teens arrested in Massachusetts for alleged bullying. Most agreed that the students should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Many also wanted those in the school administration, who were aware of the bullying but did nothing, to be included in the prosecution and punishment.

  • Pat: bulling/1954/5 Central High KC- we were push down stairs, attacked in gym with broken coke bottles, typing rollers taken off and teachers beaten. Police had to escort us in & out of school to bus for ride home and safety. All from first year of blacks in our school, that is when I learned who blacks were. A girl said they are taught at birth to hate and attack us. This was in 1998 when was an interim worker I was training at Hospital. Bullying is not new.
  • Cynthia: Those teens in MA need to pay for what they caused. I was bullied, not to that extent and usually the young people doing it are JEALOUS. I will never forget the hurt. She was beautiful and new to the area...Young people can be mean. Very sad .
  • Elfman: My wife, adult daughter and I are all Facebook friends with our school age daughter just so we can monitor what is said by her and her friends. Twice we have quietly notified the parents of two kids who had inappropriate posts. One of those times was cyber-bullying.
  • Mick: I am a retired guidance counselor. Dealing with a concerted bullying campaign against one of my students is one of the toughest tasks I had. John, you can't just say "stop it!" and expect savvy determined kids to stop. Most schools do not have the resources to provide around the clock bodyguards. Maybe making it a crime and prosecuting the bullies would work, but believe me it is no simple matter.

How do you feel about the arrest of the nine teens? What do you think is the appropriate punishment, if any? Continue the conversation below.

Filed under: We Listen
March 30th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Group arrested not Christian or militia, insider says

(CNN) - Members of a militia charged with plotting to kill police were not Christian or a militia, a man acquainted with the group said Tuesday.

"This is a group that I would classify as neither a militia or a Christian group," said Michael Lackomar, a member of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia. "They're really a fringe group outside of anything we do.

"They're more of a private army or a terrorist organization or really just a criminal organization."

Federal authorities on Monday charged nine members of a group called the Hutaree militia with conspiring to kill a Michigan law enforcement officer and then kill other officers at the funeral.

The group says on its Web site that Hutaree means "Christian warrior." Its home page said it is "Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive."

Lackomar told CNN's "American Morning" on Tuesday that five Hutaree members sought refuge over the weekend with a Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia leader because federal authorities were looking for them. Lackomar said the member of his militia advised the Hutaree members to turn themselves in so no one would get hurt. FULL STORY

Filed under: U.S.
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