Anderson Cooper is set host a special on teen bullying in the wake of a recent surge in suicides among young people all over America.
Cooper, who just inked a contract to host his own daytime talk show next fall, will recognize October’s Bullying Prevention Month with a special one-hour TV townhall meeting entitled Bullying: No Escape; an AC 360 Special Report.
The town hall, which airs next Friday, Oct. 8 @ 10 PM ET on CNN, will discuss the bullying problem American kids face and outline ways adults and classmates can help. The special multi-platform report will feature Dr. Phil McGraw and Rosalind Wiseman, author of the bestselling book Queen Bees and Wannabees, which inspired the 2003 hit movie Mean Girls.
The nation’s “bullying epidemic” first gained headlines in Jan. 2010, South Hadley, Massachusetts teen Phoebe Prince, 15, committed suicide after months relentless teasing that began after a teen love triangle. In the past four weeks, five gay teenagers have taken their lives after being harassed about their sexuality by classmates.