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CNN Student News Transcript: October 11, 2007

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  • Learn about a shooting that took place at a high school in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Discuss whether privacy is an issue when it comes to a new technology
  • Visit a town in Illinois where a debate over language is sparking controversy
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(CNN Student News) -- October 11, 2007

Quick Guide

Cleveland School Shooting - Learn about a shooting that took place at a high school in Cleveland, Ohio.

Google and Your Privacy - Discuss whether privacy is an issue when it comes to a new technology.

Language Barrier - Visit a town in Illinois where a debate over language is sparking controversy.

Teachers: Today's first segment addresses the school shooting in Cleveland, Ohio. Please preview this segment to determine whether it is appropriate for your students.



CARL AZUZ, CNN STUDENT NEWS ANCHOR: It's Thursday, October 11th, and we're happy you're spending part of your day with us here at CNN Student News. From the CNN Center, I'm Carl Azuz. Teachers, please preview today's first segment. It discusses a school shooting.

First Up: Cleveland School Shooting

AZUZ: First up today, violence erupts at a high school in Cleveland, Ohio. According to Mayor Frank Jackson, a student at SuccessTech Academy entered the school yesterday and fired on classmates and teachers before then turning the gun on himself. Several people were wounded in the attack, including a senior at SuccessTech, who said this kind of incident "can happen anywhere." But in the wake of the shooting, many people are still asking why it happened.


AZUZ: For many students at SuccessTech Academy in downtown Cleveland, it began when they heard their principal announce a "Code Blue" -- an emergency situation -- over the school's intercom.

Some started running, others hiding in closets when the shooting took place. Witnesses say the gunman was a 14-year-old student who was apparently upset about being suspended earlier in the week for fighting. One classmate described him as threatening, words echoed by another witness.

STUDENT: We already knew that he was, like, a little off. Maybe he gonna come out one day and shoot up this school. Maybe he gonna come one day, he gonna shoot this school up! But we never knew it was really going to happen. We was thinking, like, if it did happen, it would be him. But we never thought it was going to happen.

AZUZ: He wasn't the only person to feel that way. SuccessTech is an alternative high school whose students are considered poor by federal guidelines, but its graduation rate is considerably higher than other schools in the district.

JOANNE DEMARCO, CLEVELAND TEACHERS UNION PRESIDENT: Schools are supposed to be safe places, safe places. And you know, please; it's not that Cleveland's immune to anything going on in the nation, but SuccessTech would've been the last place we would've thought of.

AZUZ: The gunman himself was the only death; police say he took his own life. Five people -- two adults and three teenagers -- were taken to the hospital after the shooting.

MAYOR FRANK JACKSON, CLEVELAND, OHIO: The families of all of the victims have been notified, and we are currently connecting all the children and parents with people who can help them through this.


AZUZ: It can be hard to talk about this kind of violent attack, so we've put together some questions to help guide your class discussion. For example, what would you do if you knew a student was planning a violent act? Would you tell someone? If so, who? And do you feel safe at your school? Why or why not? You can also use our Learning Activity to look at the safety measures that are in place at your school. This resource is available at

Is This Legit?

AZUZ: Is This Legit? The 15th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees U.S. citizens the right to privacy. Nope! The 15th is about the right to vote. The word "privacy" doesn't actually appear in the Constitution though the 4th Amendment does offer protection from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Google and Your Privacy

AZUZ: I always feel like somebody's watching me. Now, since I'm on TV, that's actually a good thing. But what if I felt the same way just walking down the street? Well, a Google search feature can actually let you zoom in to see detailed images of homes, cars, even people! This technology raises a question: When you're out in public, do you have a right to privacy? Susan Roesgen has more on the issue.


SUSAN ROESGEN, CNN REPORTER: Want to see where CNN Chicago is? Google the street view of 435 Michigan Avenue, and there we are, the Tribune Tower! How about the famous Sears Tower? Yup. Google lets you zoom in on that, too. But what about the little corner farmers market where Michael Kalwaite sells apples?

MICHAEL KALWEIT, CHICAGO VENDOR: I should put my name on my tent or on the side of it!

ROESGEN: Michael thinks it's great, but some people are concerned about their privacy. Internet law professor David Sorkin says Internet privacy laws don't apply to Google maps. Anything that can be seen from a public street is fair game.

PROF. DAVID SORKIN, JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL: We wouldn't have this product if there were laws against showing recognizable images on the web.

ROESGEN: Google didn't return our calls for comment, but on the Web, the company says if the Google camera happens to catch you and you don't like it, you can ask the company to remove your image. But how thin, really, is the line between a peeping tom using Street View to look at your home or workplace, and a terrorist using the same view to plot an attack?

SORKIN: The type of information that they would be able to get from this is information they could get other ways and probably isn't all that sensitive. It's not like floor plans of buildings and things like that.

ROESGEN: As for privacy, well, if you live in one of the big cities Google maps, some say you don't have any privacy anyway.

EMILY CORTEZ, CHICAGO SHOPPER: My mom would tell me that I'm very naive. I normally shut my shades and things like that, but I just feel like that there are other ways people will find things out, and Google Maps is gonna be just one more thing that everyone is going to use.

ROESGEN: Better listen to your mom; if you live in Chicago, she might just be looking for you on Google, too! Google isn't the only company doing this; Microsoft Virtual Earth does it too. So, in reality, our world is shrinking. Susan Roesgen, CNN, Chicago.


Hispanic Heritage Month: Antonia Coello-Novello

KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Antonia Coello-Novello was born in Puerto Rico with a chronic intestinal condition. She was 20 years old before surgery corrected that condition, and that ordeal inspired her. Novello became a pediatrician, specializing in kidney treatments. She signed up for the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and worked at the National Institutes of Health as a congressional fellow. Part of her job there: To draft warning labels for cigarette packs. Novello advocated AIDS research and opposed abortion. Following President Bush's nomination, Novello was sworn in as the first female and first Hispanic surgeon general in 1990. She joked West Side Story had just come to the West Wing. She focused on AIDS and domestic violence. She called on alcohol and cigarette makers to stop producing ads targeting underage audiences. Her motto was "Good science and good sense." She left office in 1993 and went to work for UNICEF. Honoring Antonia Coello-Novello this Hispanic Heritage Month.

Spoken Word

U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Citizens of Hispanic descent are the fastest-growing population in America. Hispanic Americans strengthen our nation with their commitments to familia y fe. Hispanic Americans enrich our country with their talents and creativity and hard work. Hispanic Americans are living the dream that has drawn millions to our shores, and we must ensure that the American Dream remains available for all.

Language Barrier

AZUZ: Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture and traditions of the hispanic community. And one part of that culture is the language. Hola, que pasa, hasta la vista. Some Spanish words and phrases are so common, it might feel like we're still speaking English when we say them. Well, Ed Lavandera takes us to a town in Illinois where language has launched controversy.


ED LAVANDERA, CNN REPORTER: Mention the words "English" and "official language" in Carpentersville, Illinois, and the passion erupts. In June, a group of local politicians fought to declare English as this Chicago suburb's official language. They wanted all official government business to be done in English only.

JUDY SIGWALT, CARPENTERSVILLE TRUSTEE: I started feeling out of place.

LAVANDERA: Judy Sigwalt is one of those local politicians, inspired, she says, by the changes she's seen around her since she moved here 25 years ago.

SIGWALT: In my old neighborhood, I couldn't talk to any of my neighbors.

LAVANDERA: The fight has made some American citizens like Adam Ruiz uncomfortable. In a town that's about 40-percent Latino, the symbolic gesture -- a resolution, not a law -- has ignited a cultural battle.

PERSON AT MEETING: Right now, I am asking all the illegal aliens and their families to pack your stuff and go back to your country of origin.

PERSON AT MEETING: When I look at some of you, how do I know that you're legal? Will we be tagged on the ear?

PERSON AT MEETING: I'm sick and tired of being called a racist or a Nazi!

LAVANDERA: Ruiz decided to fight the "English Only" crowd after this letter was sent to some white non-Hispanic residents. It said, "Are you tired of having to punch 1 for English?" and "Are you tired of watching illegal aliens pay with food stamps and then get in a $40,000 car?" Ruiz says it's proof that the anti-illegal immigrant group is on a racist crusade.

RUIZ: It became personal for me. It just felt really uncomfortable.

LAVANDERA: Ruiz says the "Official English" movement is driving some Hispanics out. Hispanic neighborhoods are flooded with "for sale" signs. Sigwalt says all legal residents should feel welcome.

SIGWALT: This is what I was raised for America to be, you know, the land of the free. We are all free, but we still have our language of origin.

LAVANDERA: A battle like this, what does it do to a city?

RUIZ: Tears it apart. It makes you feel really uncomfortable. It's like you're in an unwritten war here.

LAVANDERA: In this cultural battle, language is a mighty sword. Ed Lavandera, CNN, Carpentersville, Illinois.




AZUZ: All right, we're gonna wrap things up today with another part of Hispanic culture: the music! So enjoy some masterful mambo! Have a great day, everybody. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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