Quick Guide & Transcript: Suspected school violence foiled, Bush takes aim at rising gas prices
CNN STUDENT NEWS
(CNN Student News) -- April 26, 2006
Teachers, we encourage you to preview today's show because it deals with the issue of school shootings.
School Plots - Learn how three suspected school shooting plots were prevented.
Battle at the Pump - Find out how President Bush is trying to help lower gas prices.
Three Generation Birthday - Meet an Arizona family that shares a unique, generational connection.
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MONICA LLOYD, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: Hello there... I'm Monica Lloyd, and we'd like to welcome you to CNN Student News. Some close calls: Authorities at three different schools take action to prevent what might have been deadly days on campus. The president works to keep gas prices in check. But how much effect can he have, on what you shell out at the pump? And it's a long shot by any measure... That you'd have the same birthday as one of your parents. Meet a family who's had that happen, for generations!
First Up: School Plots
LLOYD: Many students may hear the words "school shooting," and think "it can't happen here." It can be hard to imagine... And even harder to talk about. Seven years ago, two students at a Colorado high school killed 13 people before killing themselves. The Columbine shootings raised a nightmare issue to students and parents nationwide. But the wake-up call put people on guard. And that might've helped prevent the plots that Betty Nguyen describes now.
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STUDENT: It's kind of scary that actually somebody would actually think of doing that to us...
BETTY NGUYEN, CNN REPORTER: Students at Rogers High School in Puyallup, Washington, reacting to the news a 16-year-old boy at their own school is suspected of plotting to kill fellow students...
ED TROYER, PIERCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S SPOKESMAN: We recovered a couple of rifles... ammunition... he made a home-made bomb which our bomb team went out and got. So he definitely had access to the tools to carry this out, if he decided to do it.
NGUYEN: A search of the boy's home also netted a downloaded copy of a book with directions for making explosives. Investigators say they recovered computer messages the suspect allegedly sent to a fellow ROTC student, outlining his plan to shoot people at the school this Wednesday. The graphic messages detailed his desire to quote...
(GRAPHIC) Finally to go out in a blaze of hatred and fury. To wrongly hurt others for my own sick pleasure before ending it for myself.
NGUYEN: Police have charged the 16-year-old with felony harassment, first degree attempted assault and possession and manufacture of an incendiary device. In Alaska, the arrest of 6 middle school boys accused of planning an assault has shaken a small town.
WOMAN: It's a shock to know that they were so young. Uh, 12 years old you know, I couldn't believe it. It was really a shock.
MAN: Heartbroken. I was here earlier in the day when I saw one of my former students taken away by state troopers with handcuffs on.
NGUYEN: Authorities say the North Pole Middle School seventh graders had the attack planned in great detail. And in Kansas--a tip about an ominous posting on Myspace.com lead to charges against 5 Riverton High School students. The message threatened an attack with guns on the school on April 20th--the anniversary of the Columbine massacre. Investigators say they found guns in the home of one of the suspects.
JUDGE: have you ever been charged with a crime before?
JUDGE: Have you ever been charged with a juvenile crime before?
Suspect: No sir.
NGUYEN: All five are charged with making a criminal threat - and incitement to riot.
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What you can do
LLOYD: Now what can you do if you think something's up at your school? The experts say communication between students and teachers is key. Looking out for warning signs, and letting someone know about them, are just as important. Of course...students are more likely to talk about their concerns if they feel like they won't get in trouble.
DR. FRANK SACCO, MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT: Schools have to keep an eye on their climates. When kids fall off the mainstream, that's an indication. They have to make it easy for kids to talk to teachers or to talk to principals. They can't just be punitive,they can't always be punishing the kids, so if that happens, the kids won't speak up.
LLOYD: Most school districts have their own "tipster" programs for students to report potential dangers before they happen. And here's a Web site-- keepschoolssafe.org --where you can get tips on everything from peer pressure to preventing school violence. We've included a link on our Web site too.
Battle at the Pump
LLOYD: If you drive, you know all about it. If you don't, you've probably heard your parents grumbling about gas prices. As of Monday, they were up 13 cents per gallon from the week before. And there's not much relief in sight-- Prices usually go up in the summer because more people drive then. Suzanne Malveaux tells us how President Bush is trying to help.
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SUZANNE MALVEAUX, CNN REPORTER: As gas prices go up, the president's approval numbers go down. But don't blame him.
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: The prices that people are paying at the gas pumps reflect our addiction to oil.
MALVEAUX: That so-called addiction is fueling consumer frustration at the pumps and Republican fears that they'll be paying for it in the mid-term elections. Facing increased political pressure to DO something. President Bush unveiled his 4 point plan. First:
MALVEAUX: Mr. Bush ordered an investigation into whether energy companies are unfairly manipulating gas prices.
BUSH: To make sure that the American consumers are treated fairly at the gas pump.
MALVEAUX: While the administration was unable to cite any evidence of price gauging now, it did investigate instances shortly after Hurricane Katrina---with mixed results.
DANIEL LASHOF: There was a lot hand ringing about price gauging at that time and again after the hearings were over everybody went back to business as usual.
MALVEAUX: Second: Mr. Bush pledged to boost the supply of U.S. crude oil and gasoline by temporarily suspending deposits into the country's strategic oil reserve.
BUSH: So by deferring deposits until the fall, we'll leave a little more oil on the market. Every little bit helps.
MALVEAUX: But energy analysts say that's not likely to lower gas prices.
LASHOF: It is something within the president's jurisdiction and I think it's largely symbolic.
MALVEAUX: The president also made another push to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. Third: the president is promoting greater fuel efficiency by urging Congress to extend tax credits for all who purchase hybrid or clean diesel vehicles.
BUSH: Ethanol is good for the whole country.
MALVEAUX: And fourth, Mr. Bush is encouraging investment in alternative sources of energy----like ethanol---to wean Americans off of foreign oil. But that's considered a long way's off to resolving pain at the pump.
LASHOF: I don't think there's anything in the president's plan that will have short term impact on gas prices.
MALVEAUX: What is not in the president's energy plan: moves to improve fuel efficiency standards for cars, more stringent environmental protections, and a comprehensive strategy for Americans to conserve. The President said he expects oil companies to reinvest their big profits into research for alternative sources of energy, but he ruled out taxing those profits. Suzanne Malveaux, CNN, the White House.
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LLOYD: You know gas is made from oil, and that rising oil prices mean higher gas prices. But for each dollar you spend at the pump, just how much goes for oil, refining, taxes, and distribution? The answers are in today's CNN Student News "Extra," at CNN.com/EDUCATION!
Terror on Tape
LLOYD: A terrorist leader in Iraq is trying to stir up more trouble. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi appeared on an Islamic web site Tuesday... Asking insurgents to gang up on U.S. forces in Iraq. He also trashed Iraq's new government and its politicians. A U.S. anti-terrorism official call the statements a lot of "jihadist bravado." Zarqawi is a member of the al Qaeda terrorist group. And he's been blamed for numerous attacks on U.S forces in Iraq.
LLOYD: Moving west, to Egypt... Authorities say at least 22 people died in Monday's terrorist bombings of a resort town. 87 others were wounded when three blasts hit two cafeterias and a grocery store. A government official says arrests have been made, but not necessarily of bombers-- The people taken in may only have information about the attacks. The blasts went off in the early evening as tourists jammed the streets.
Word to the Wise
CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS REPORTER: A Word to the Wise...
anomaly (noun) an instance of not following the general rule
Before We Go
LLOYD: Before we go today..there's a one in 365 chance you were born on the same day as your dad. But what are the chances of a grandfather, father, and grandson all sharing the *same* birthday? To find out, you can multiply 365 by 365... Or you could just check out this amazing story from Kim Holcomb.
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KIM HOLCOMB, REPORTER: At first glance, it's clear Connor Dunn resembles his dad.
MOM: He's got his little button nose and chubby cheeks. He's got my little mouth.
HOLCOMB: But the baby also got something from his father's side of the family not typically traced to genetics: a birthday.
MICHAEL DUNN: I usually say, 'I did it right, I had a boy on my birthday.'
HOLCOMB: April 17, the day Tom Dunn came into the world, 26 years later, his son Michael did too.
TOM DUNN: It's just the miracle of it is one thing. That's great to start with. But then to have him on your birthday...wow.
HOLCOMB: A charming coincidence, but it seemed impossible to repeat. Connor's due date was April 19th, two days too late. Still, his parents believe.
MOM: I just always knew it would happen because it's just fate.
HOLCOMB: Just like that, Connor came early. Joining dad and grandpa as an impressive statistical anomaly.
PROF. MARK NEELY MATHMATICIAN: It's about 7.5 x 10 to the negative 6.
HOLCOMB: Professor Mark Neely converting chance into hard numbers. The odds of three family members sharing the same birthday about 1 in 133,000.
NEELY: It would be almost as likely that someone could dial 480, and then mash the keys randomly and get my phone number.
TOM DUNN: It's still got me flabbergasted.
HOLCOMB: A rare occurrence, now a family tradition. Time will tell if Connor will follow in his ancestors footsteps.
MOM: I believe so. I think he can do it, I think it's in his genes.
HOLCOMB: A happy, happy, happy birthday for years to come.
TOM DUNN: He's something else, isn't he?
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LLOYD: That's our show for the day! We hope you'll tune in again this Thursday, online or on Headline News. I'm Monica Lloyd.
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