October 4th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

On the Radar: Terror alert, bullying and Rahm Emanuel

Terror alert Americans who are traveling in Europe have been warned to watch out for anything unusual after concerns were raised that terrorist groups could be targeting European capitals. European officials say they're focusing on a possible terror cell in Hamburg, Germany. The alert follows the arrest of a German citizen, who is reportedly cooperating in the investigation.

Bullying – CNN explains why its spending this week focusing on bullying. The coverage comes in  the wake of a gay male student at Rutgers University freshman who took his own life after his roommate and another student allegedly filmed him having sex and streamed the private moment online. Does technology change the game for bullies and their victims? How do you prevent your child or friend from being bullied? What motivates a bully? After a controversial story from Michigan last week, we ask - when is it harassment and when is it bullying?

CNN's Carol Costello interviews the father of an 11-year-old who committed suicide after being bullied. CNN.com's Stephanie Chen tells the story of a 13-year-old who was relentlessly bullied online. Anderson Cooper talks to a panel of teens about bullying.

Facebook film On the lighter side of social networking comes the mega-success of the movie "The Social Network," which chronicles the rise of Facebook. It was tops at the box office this weekend, raking in about $23 million. Stay tuned to This Just In for CNN.com's list of top five movies we'd like to see made about Web stars.

Listen up – Chances are good former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel will use social networking to boost his run for mayor of Chicago. He's kicking off his campaign today with a "Tell It Like It Is" listening tour.

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  1. jerry

    it is amazing to me that peope think that bullying is a joke ot isnt a joke it s extemely serious

    October 4, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Really???

    Hoenestly, there are so many people who believe that bullying is a part of ones self growth. In fact, this type of hatred and assualt on a young person can create lond term effects on young adults. These children are just starting to understand thier emotions. People who think that this type of behaviour is a part of growing up need to understand the long term effects on a young adults progression through life. It has already been proven that in some situations of abuse (bullying) PTSD has manifested itself.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lisababy

    Domestic violence also a form of bullying was a victim for several years it is not a joke so right

    October 4, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. mike

    what ever happen to having a backbone there just words. and i dont feel sorry for anyone that would kill them selfs over that stupid crap. in fact im happy to see them go. one less losser in the world sucking up my air

    October 4, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shelly Jo

    What happened. To having a heart,caring,what happened to the parents and teachers that are supposed to BE there for thoses kids, its like oh! Lets let them run around and do what they, they will be okay,, freaking duh!!! Wake the hell up, damn do you see how people treat one another ,then they are wondering ,(whats is world comming to) huh! I freakin wonder.

    October 4, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    speaking of Bullies, Any One Found MY M.I.A. Army Nurse Yet?

    October 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    @ shelly jo. your a fool. people only act nice and kind. the second the crap hits the fan people go back to being evil or they die. and your no different no matter what you tell yourself at night

    October 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jazz

    Ok people. Straight from a day care in tallahassee florida. A little heaven child care....whatever more like hell child care. . My 4 year old son got beat up by 3 boys. Kicked in neck stomach twice. Nobody told me. Couldnt understand y my son was freakin out when i would drop him off at day care.it was awful. Screamin. Yellin. I was worried... After 3 weeks a teacher told me what happened. I removed my kids from there after the so called christian teacher went pshychotic on me as i pulled them out (guess she was losing money). 3 months of therapy. He suffered from post traumatic stress. It sucks. It s sad. He is doing better. But am on the edge if i hear anybody messing with him like Ty at 11 killed himself. God. Its horrible....lets help youth

    October 4, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jazz

    Shelly jo. U said some nasty irrational things. U dont know how people react to what is said or done to them. The air u breeze????god i dont wish u to get your kids bullied on or kill themselves cause they feel misunderstood and alone. Am gona make sure my kids open up to me about everything.....god bless

    October 4, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jazz

    Shelly jo. Dont wish u to get bullied and feel misunderstood and helpless. Watch your words. U very judgmental. God bless

    October 4, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt Allgier

    My son was bullied and did get beat up once by three boys. He came to me and I told him how to protect himself and he did after that and has had no problems since. But he is a straight WHITE boy and there is NO help for the white male in todays society. Now if he was black, gay, mexican, or a girl then it all of a sudden makes it a hate crime and just like now everyone has to hear about the discriminating hate crime. All of you who wait until the gays, blacks, mexicans, indians, or women kill them selves before you say something should all enjoy your future in Hell when you racist bigots die!!

    October 5, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. phil

    I have never understood why parents leave their young child with a stranger like day care centers. Certainly the money you save isn't worth the risk. As far as bullying goes...kids are like sponges that absorb what's around them. If your child is exposed to a lot of violence like spousal abuse or violent video, this will be absorbed. After some time, the violence that went in will come back out in the form of, for one example....bullying. big monsters make little monsters. little monsters cannot make themselves.

    October 5, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |