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>> on "america tonight": our investigation into the trail of the gun. "america tonight's" chris bury takes us on the path from gun show to gun buyer. >> you bought off of him and that's all you have to know. >> if he's from indiana, the fact that i could buy it from him? >> he shows us how many end up on the streets of chicago from neighboring indiana. weapons dna and social media contacts to stop gun violence before it happens. >> also tonight where the battle
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is being won. one africa nation gets the all-clear, ebola free, what's making a difference and why there's still so much fear. and when faith keeps a kid from fitting in. >> when i send my kids to school, i'm expecting to receive an education not indone trickation. >> "america tonight's" michael okwu, bible belt, for those who don't keep the christian faith. good evening, thanks for joining us, i'm joie chen. in a sign of lessons learned, the centers for disease control laid our just hours ago new tightened guidelines in
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protecting americans from ebola. inconsistent protocols, the cdc's recent guidelines shows rigorous guidelines how to wear protective gear, the cdc is adding coveralls and protective hoods, to ensure no skin is exposed while a health care worker is working directly with patients. finally, the cdc recommends a trained worker supervise a worker taking on and putting on protective suits. some anxiety around ebola is finally breaking. >> day is a milestone, a hurled to get over. but there are other hurdles to also jump. >> dallas gave the all clear to most of the 48 people who had contact with thomas eric duncan. the first person to die of ebola
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in the united states. 44 have been declared ebola-free, after three weeks under observation. >> there are four more people who were health care workers who saw mr. duncan on the 28th. and continue to have contact with him after that time for some time. they'll be rolling off a little later. >> 120 people stay on a watch list for another two and a half weeks including 75 health care workers. who have quarantined themselves. but most closely watched has been duncan's fiancee, three young men and three children who had close contact with him in the hours just before he was hospitalized. quietly released from their own quarantine today, they asked for privacy and time to grief.
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>> she lost her fiancee and the father of her 19-year-old son, her plans and her dreams. >> and city officials signal the return to a normal life may be tough. >> we really want to make sure the kids are north treated poorly or in a way that other kids may not understand them or may think that they have some problem. and so they're going to be looking for signs of that class welcoming spirit. but they're also going to look for signs of bullying. and be able to talk about that. >> there is relief for hundreds of passengers of a caribbean cruise ship who found they had been on vacation with a lab technician who had worked with duncan's blood. her blood samples retrieved from the ship by coast guard chopper have tested negative. meantime, a journalist is days from being cleared and at atlanta's emory hospital an unidentified doctor who arrived last month after working with
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the sick in west africa was quietly released today. although the top level biocontainment unit at emory still houses one of the dallas nurses who contracted ebola from aiding eric duncan and her colleague is at a second biocontainment unit in maryland. dallas posted an advertisement offering an apology to the community, without further explanation of what went wrong. still workers at texas presbyterian rallied behind their hospital. >> the men and women at this hospital worked tirelessly to save mr. duncan. we are experts in our field and we don't want to be judged by this one incident. this could have happened to any hospital. we were just the first in our county that it happened to. some things went wrong and we're proud to say that presbyterian
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has owned those things and will make us stronger and be able to work more diligently for healing labs in the future. >> one good model for u.s. hospitals might be nigeria's approach to ebola. just weeks ago it was feared that the most populated country in africa would face an explosive outbreak but instead, nigeria has been declared ebola-free. >> today, 20 of october, 42 days it means twice the incubation period. after the last confirmed case of ebola virus disease was discharged from the isolation wards, having tested negative for the ebola virus. the chance of transmission have been -- the chains of transmission have been broken. >> what made a difference, this is how nigeria did it, immediately declaring an emergency. intensive training for local medical workers and a
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determination to keep nigeria's borders open to avoid spreading fear and hopelessness. but it wasn't enough to spare every life. al jazeera's haru matassa, spoke to an ebola survivor in lagos. >> last person she tried to save had ebola and she became infected. she was 30 years old and pregnant with her first child. her husband can't accept that she's dead. >> this was not planned. i had so many things i wanted to achieve, so many things we were going to do together. and i feel lost. i feel left alone. >> reporter: the man who infected justina, came to the
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airport and collapsed, went to the hospital where she worked. he was the index patient, the first ebola patient in nigeria. eight people have died from ebola most of them health care workers. measures were put in place by the government to try to contain the virus such as screening at border posts and airports. it is the first case everyone has to go through. this machine takes your body temperature, 38° celsius or higher the machine will beep. it screens you for countries you have been to recently. the world health organization says the country can be freed from ebola after six weeks, twice as long as the maximum inc. paying better for the disease. there was relief and excitement at nigeria. some of these health workers helped trace potential patients. it's good news but nigerian officials are warning people to still be cautious even though
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president has announced the country is ebola free. >> it is not yet over until it is over. that means it has to be over in liberia, over in g gin guinea, over in sierra leone. over everywhere. >> he says this won't bring back his wife. >> it's not easy. >> hara mataska, al jazeera, lagos. >> heartbreaking. confusing as we've noted the cdc has acknowledged that and has put some new proceed coalesce in place including all skin to be covered. dr. gavin mcgregor skinner brought this to our attention last week. helping get his health care workers ready.
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there seem to be so many ironies, about ebola, nigeria so densely populated. this was a place that was supposed to go bad and yet it had not. how did that happen? >> joie, when we heard ebola had reached lagos, a a mega city, all my comrades and i were nervous. risk assessments, risk assessments, they defined the how. their communications plan, they communicated.openly and honestly with all nigerians, using a website, a 1-800 ebola web site, but they used smx text
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messaging, text blasting, where they sent messages to everyone's cell phones to wash their hands often and report to an emergency station if they felt they had ebola. >> what i hear is mostly these new guidelines a may not be all that new but also they're really just focused on creating greater consistency. >> you're absolutely right. let's go back to history. we've been dealing with ebola and other highly infectious diseases since 1976. so we've dealt with ebola now for 38 years. we've had 26 outbreaks throughout the world, especially in west africa -- in west and east africa and now we've been dealing with these outbreaks and again we have taken the same approaches, the same protocols, the same procedures. what the cdc originally posted was incorrect. we ensure that the hair is covered up. we ensure that the skin is
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covered up. we ensure that the management, the implementation, the supervision, the occupational safety and health systems are in place. it's really about strict supervision. especially when you are taking the ppe off. the drills we do throughout u.s. hospitals that wasn't there previously in the cdc guidelines. >> gavin i have to ask you this. the irony of this was the family of eric duncan was cleared. so incredible. they had intimate contact with him yet they were not ones that were infected. >> exactly. let's review, how do you get ebola, you don't get it, you have to get it in the eyes, the nose, the mouth. what that family did, we know that as fact they took precautions, they restricted their access to mr. duncan. they gave him food and water and they took precautions within their apartment where there must
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have been a lot of virus throughout the whole environment of the apartment but again we have shown that they instigated the proper precautions, the proper procedures, and they did not get the disease. it is hard to transmit this disease unless you get it in the eyes, the nose, the mouth. >> but they weren't trained and didn't have any protections. >> we believe they had no protection but what we are hearing is that they did treat mr. duncan as a possible ebola patient after he'd been sent home on that friday from the texas health presbyterian hospital with eanl antibiotics. the family believed he had ebola, they were taking the necessary precautions and that is a lesson for everyone. >> do you have any information on how specifically they were handling him? you said there was only one person that had direct contact. >> what i'm hearing, this is not
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official, hasn't been confirmed, we're hearing it was the daughter who actually was the care taker or and looked after mr. duncan for all his food and water and necessary attention that he required. the other members of the family did not have any direct contact with him and they actually kept pi him within one of the rooms of the apartment. >> that may have made the difference. mr. skinner is an expert on health preparedness and infectious disease expert. we appreciate you being with us as well. >> you're welcome. >> when we return, on the source of chicago's vicious gun violence. >> i wish it would stop. god i wish it would stop. it's happening every day. >> why do you think we can't get the guns off the street in this country? >> bringing the guns in, is the issue with me.
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where are they coming from? [ mumbling ] >> as far as they know it's cash and carry. >> "america tonight's" chris by bury. also ahead, losing my religion. kids in the bible belt and how their beliefs can keep them from fitting in. "america tonight's" michael okwu, on kids keeping the faith. >> audiences are intelligent and they know that their needs are not being met by american tv news today. >> entire media culture is driven by something that's very very fast... >> there has been a lack of fact based, in depth, serious journalism, and we fill that void...
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>> many of these involved targeted informant led stings. >> to them, everyone in the muslim community is a potential informant or a potential terrorist.
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550 people have been gunned down, mostly in gang land shootings. "americ"america tonight's" chris bury. >> in a makeshift memorial on chicago's south side, diane latiker keeps stones with the names of every child and young called the killed in gun violence. >> of the stones here, how many were gun related? >> 98%. >> killed by guns? >> yes. >> the carnage comes from a city under siege with a steady flow of illegal weapons. >> too many guns coming in, too little punishment going out. >> 7,000 illegal guns off the streets more than new york and l.a. combined.
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>> how easy is it in this neighborhood to get a one? >> as -- get a gun? >> as easy as getting a pack of gum. >> diane built the memorial to shock the city over how many kids were shot to death. >> they were lives. they were somebody's family, somebody's child. were. there are stories behind each one of these stones. the mothers are taking a whipping, the worst beating ever. >> poppy bailey was killed last year, shot multiple times in a neighborhood known for gang activity. >> taken a bad toll . i just wish it would stop. god, wish it would stop. it's happening every day, you can't really even start a healing process at all because the next day it's somebody else's child. >> why do you think that we
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can't get those guns off the street in this country? >> bringing the guns in is the issue with me. where are they coming from? >> there's a variety of pathways that guns flow into the city of chicago. >> john durastanti heads the gun violence task force. >> the purchase of a gun is approximately $800 to $1,000. they're valuable, there's a demand for firearms. >> that demand has given a lucrative direction. david a college student out to score extra cash. these are the few of the hundreds of guns that he brought into chicago from 2008 to 2012. >> louis was going to indiana gun shows and purchasing guns and bringing them back to chicago. those guns were then being trafficked
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to organic members. we call that straw purchasing. >> all he had to do was cross the state line into indiana. filling duffel bags with dozens of guns. he brought them back to chicago and resold them on the street. lewis by could bring them because indiana has no restrictions. lewisby wasn't required to fill out any paperwork on weapons he bought at gun shows. those guns nearly impossible to trace back to him, made their way to chicago's most violent street gans. gangs. >> a high percentage was being brought to chicago than anywhere else. >> so al jazeera decided to set
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up at a gun show. at the fai fairgrounds in lafay, guns were on display. my producer posed as a straw purchaser from indiana and we attempted to buy guns. we spoke first with a federally licensed firearms dealer. he correctly said, i would need a firearm registration card if i wasn't a resident of indiana. >> what's the deal? >> 24 hours. on a handgun i got to ship to a dealer. >> he's from indiana, he can buy it. >> he's cool. he can't buy it for you. >> but when i spoke to a private collector, selling what he said was his private collection of glocks and others, the reception was much warmer. >> there's no paperwork on a
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private purchase. >> even if i'm -- >> as far as i know it's cash and carry. i can tell you if you buy it here, you can take it there and register. >> he's from indiana so -- >> he could do it. >> i carry a smith and wesson. >> we met another private collector who told us exactly how to make an illegal straw purchase. >> he's from indiana. have him buy it. and write out a bill of sale that you bought it off of him and that's all you got to do. >> so if he's from indiana he can get it today and i can buy it from him. >> lick ety split. >> impossible even for federal agents. >> why is it so difficult to trace guns in this secondary market?
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>> atf is only generally able to trace it back to the first purchase. transactions that take place oftentimes there are no records kept of it. >> john beamert is a supervisor at the crime gun intelligence center in chicago. >> using information from chicago police department databases. >> looking at where guns were recovered, whether they have been linked to other crimes agents create a map of a gun's forensic and social connections that will shed light on how it traveled from manufacturer to murder scene. >> this person for instance a suspect in a homicide was also the possessor of these four different firearms, three of which came from indiana, one of which came from chicago. >> so from this one gun you have other crimes other suspects and patterns of wider gun trafficking all from this one gun? >> exactly. >> since the intelligence center
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opened in may the atf says its work has led to more than 170 referrals for federal prosecution. agents here are refining the techniques including the use of government informants they used to nail david lewisby, he was sentenced to 17 years in prison for dealing guns to gangs. >> do you think you will get people off the street violent offenders, who might never have been put in jail? >> absolutely. >> the flow of guns may be hard to stop. congress has refused to regulate gun shows and thousands of guns will continue to wind up in the streets of chicago where the kids whose names are on these bricks are killed. >> the laws have to be changed. no question about it. it has to be more strict. >> when you hear about people say look, we have a constitutional right to bear arms, and the government's got no right to regulate guns, when you hear those arguments what goes through your mind? >> they don't live where i live.
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i believe in your rights the pursuit of happiness. i believe in all of that. but this is not happiness. >> last year after placing 374 bricks diane ladiker ran out of room. now she plans to expand her memorial to mark the names of another 470 young people killed in the city, nearly all by guns since she began keeping count. chris bury, al jazeera, chicago. >> when we return: all for one? the u.s. led battle against i.s.i.l. fighters lead turkey to a new strategy. what president obama said to win that support. and the look ahead to politics close to home and the heart land. four years ago, a new governor won his seat in a red state landslide. but now, kansas republican sam brownback finds himself in the fight of his political
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unbiassed political coverage... stay with al jazeera america >> now a snapshot of stories making stories on "america tonight." los angeles kings defenseman, redondo beach police arrested him monday morning, public outrage over a string of incidents in the nfl. police in northwestern indiana warn a serial killer may have been at work in the community. darren deon van, a convicted killer from austin texas. helped police find the bodies of six other women over the weekend. now authorities believe the latest victims could be part of a killing spree that goes back decades. the suspected ring leader on
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ad thely raid in benghazi, libya pleadnot guilty. entered the me in washington, d.c, federal courtroom. the only person charged in connection with the attacks which killed the u.s. ambassador chris stevens. on the ground it is kurdish fighters who are facing off in the deadly battle against i.s.i.l. and suffering a loss in both syria and iraq. part of a fierce push for territory, in northern iraq the deadliest targeting the strategic mosul dam. meanwhile syrian kurds facing i.s.i.l. in kobani received much needed aid, medical supplies and small weapons, and there was news for syrian kurds as well. turkey announcing that it will allow
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the iraqi kurdish militia peshmerga to cross over the battle to help in kobani. unexpected policy shift. for weeks, the nation has angered kurdish leaders and the united states by refusing weapons or soldiers to cross over its border. "america tonight's" sheila macvicar with more. >> since united states began its siege on syria, those who remain are locked in the battle against i.s.i.l. they have reimain regained parte city but there are reports that i.s.i.l. is making a tactical withdrawal trying to force the kurds into a trap. >> translator: we've been fighting against i.s.i.l. we know how they think. they're withdrawing to draw our forces out of the town and then launch the main attack against them. >> reporter: i.s.i.l.'s rapid
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advances in syria and iraq have led to increasing international efforts to push back. the u.s. led coalition conducted more than 100 air strikes in and around kobani. british forces are training iraqi kurdish forces the peshmerga to use heavy weapons to help in the fight. and turkey, previously reluctantly to get involved, announced that it will permit iraqi kurdish forces to cross the border into syria to join the fight for kobani and that signals a major shift. >> translator: we have no wish at all to see kobani fall. turkey is doing everything it can to make sure that won't happen. we did everything to see turkey and the united states work together with the kurdish leaders and we are helping peshmerga forces to cross into kobani. is. >> reporter: until now, turkey
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has refused to help, pkk labeled a terrorist organization by u.s. nato an the european union and linked to the syrian kurds now leading the fight in kobani. just yesterday, turkish president recep tayyip erdogan. >> it would be wrong for the united states with whom we defend and allied to nato, to say yes to support of such a terrorist organization. we can't say yes to it. >> reporter: the apparent policy reversal comes aday after the u.s. did just that to insist the kurdish fighters in kobani. u.s. secretary of state john kerry acknowledged the concession. but it's a more pressing issue he conceded. >> it would be irresponsible for us as well as morally very
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difficult to turn your back on a community fighting i.s.i.l. as hard as it is. >> reporter: but there are limits to turkey's involvement. it is not clear how many iraqi kurds will be allowed into syria or when. there's no indication whether they'll be engaged in direct conflict with i.s.i.l, leaving the majority of the conflict on the ground. >> "america tonight's" sheila macvicar back here. for turkey it is a matter of competing interests. >> it is a matter of balancing exeetinbalancingcompeting inter. urging the turkish government to support the fight for kobani on behalf of the syrian kurds. they want to be still a regional player and frankly they were at risk of losing their place at
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the table by basically sitting on their hands. this is a small gesture that has big significance that ensures that they have a place at the table. >> joining us is doug o olivant. doug what was the tipg point? what got turkey over this hump? >> too many forces coming together. we wanted them to do something. as was pointed out they had their own internal pressures particularly from their own kurds. they had demonstrations. the leader of the kurds in turkey was threatening to pull out of the peace talks so they really had to do something. >> and on this, the other big development in the neighborhood as it were is for iraq as things move forward in iraq we are looking at a different government different leadership and some changes there. >> we finally had a minister of defense and a minister of interior appointed this weekend.
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these were consensus candidates. they weren't able to agree on anyone in the initial round of the government and then a few weeks later they proposed another pair who couldn't get through the parliament, who were voted down in the parliament. the two figures one is shia from the badr organization, very close to iran, not a favorite of the united states and then a sunni minister of defense with a checkered past in iraq. so neither of these are particularly favorites but on the other hand, no one ever expected these ministers to be appointed at all. very much in question whether we would get these appointments. so it is a positive sign, in iraqi terms it is kind of the two forward, one back, never optimized but it is nonetheless a necessary step to move forward and really get the campaign moving in iraq. >> and you remember one of the reasons why this new government was so important is the previous government was seemed to be completely discredited. so the new government was
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supposed to be a government more inclined to national unity which amongst other things could help the iraqi army stand up and fight against i.s.i.l. in iraq. that still is not really happening. we have more iraqi bases surrounded, and i.s.i.l. now controls virtually all of anbar province and is sitting on baghdad's doorstep. >> and for washington not necessarily a satisfying conclusion either but maybe the best of what you could get at the moment. >> certainly the best we could get but again a necessary step. we haven't had an appointed minister of defense or interior since 2010. there are new things, the mod is from mosul so he is very invested in pushing i.s.i.s. out of mosul. not as rosy as we would have liked but a rosy one in any event. >> doug
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olivant and "america tonight's" sheila macvicar. thanks. after the break, faith and fitting in. teens from the most religious part of the country, the bible belt, learn their beliefs can get in the way.
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>> consider this: the news of the day plus so much more. >> we begin with the growing controversy. >> answers to the questions no one else will ask. >> real perspective, consider this on al jazeera america >> for kids who are a little different from their peers of course fitting in can be the most miserable parts of growing up. take the recent case of a buddhist boy, who found himself living in rural louisiana. christianity was openly celebrated and the boy was ostracized. michael okwu
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finds, encouraged while it's illegal? he traveled to louisiana to speak with the boy's parents and a school that didn't think it was doing anything wrong. >> her first comment to me was, well you live in the bible belt. >> you live in the bible belt? >> yeah. >> you ought to know differently. >> yeah. >> when sharon and scott lane asked their local school district why creationism was taught to their son. >> they said you are in the bible belt. >> she made the comments if you were in a foreign country you would have to get used to their religions. >> the lanes were in the superintendent's office that day because they were troubled by their son's science test. this question was a regular feature often his exams. answer it the way the teacher wanted and get extra credit.
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answer it any other way and risk the teacher's anger. >> as you see here. let me scroll down. the last answer for every one of the tests and i've got i don't know, 20 tests in here. >> isn't it amazing what the blank has made, lord. >> yes. >> the lanes son, we'll call him c. c. was a student at the negrete school, kindergarten through 12th grade. the school is lo located at the border between louisiana and texas. travel these rural roads and signs of deep christian faith are everywhere. amen. >> if you are a christian in need of a house of worship, you have come to the right place. in sabine there are over 100 churches serving just 24,000 people. at
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negrete, c. c. pretty much stuck out like a sore thumb. he was documented by sharon who is also a buddhist. >> it became a fight, i don't want to go, i don't want to go. every day driving the same route, he would get upset and tell me pull over i'm going to throw up. what the kicker was, is when he told me that he'd rather die than go to school. >> reporter: at first, c.c.'s anxiety was a mystery but as the once well adjusted child became despondent, those tests became the reason why. it was anna's c.c.'s stepsister who brought it to their attention. >> she said, the teacher put it
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on his desk and berated him, how did he not know what to put in the blank? my daughter defended him, said he's buddhist. he doesn't know what to put in there. >> she called him stupid and said he didn't know for christianity. >> we agreed not to show c.c. or to call him by his real name. talking about the episode is still upsetting. >> why was that class difficult? >> just because it wasn't like teaching true science. >> what was she teaching? >> just her religion. >> did it make you feel different? >> uh-huh. >> concerned, scott lane decided to do some detective work to find out what else might be going on at negrete. he discovered a school environment immersed in
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christianity, bible verses scrolling on an electronic marquee in front of the school and inside the school, this. >> so all these photos were hanging in the hallway right outside your child's home room? >> correct. this first is a bible verse, samuel 22:21. for god, he is perfect. he shields everyone who takes refuge in him. >> it looks more like sunday school than actual public school. >> yes, when i'm sending my kids to school i'm expecting education not indoctrination. >> prayer before school, prayer before lunch. prayer before meal time. >> let them play well. >> the lanes say the last straw came when a principal read a letter, praising students for their religious values. that's when they decided to sue. they say the message from both
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the community and the school district was loud and clear. >> social media, they were defending the actions. here. if you don't like it, leave. >> and that is what the superintendent said at our meeting. i was telling her, he was adopted. he's been raised buddhist. and she said, does he have to be buddhist? >> reporter: we asked the superintendent, sarah ebarb, for an interview, she declined. messages to the former principal went unanswered. however in court documents they all deny they tried impose religious beliefs on students. in a statement the sabine school district said, we are focused on the education of our students. it is a strong desire to provide our students with a high education in a conflict free
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environment. >> basically they're saying when it is the bible belt, don't move here if you don't believe it. a lot of school officials don't think they are going to get caught and they often don't because a lot of times, the student of minority faith or belief is not willing to speak up or to report what's going on. >> reporter: negrete isn't the only school where students were administered a dose of religion. the aclu investigates dozens of complaints every year. this video provides a vivid picture of how heavy handed the push for religion can get. >> this is the christian rapper talking about the assemblies they're going to hold. >> sixth, seventh, eighth graders, because of this people in public schools are going to get to
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know who jesus christ is. at this school in south carolina the principal encouraged b shock administer chapman to chift visit. attendance wasn't always optional. the detention room was waiting. >> you can tell they're doing something that's not quite proper. >> this relationship with christ god. >> this is the minister talking to parents that evening and he's telling them, i ask the principal how can you do this, he says i don't care, i want these kids to know jesus christ. and he's pumped up with that. >> jordan anderson a sixth greater was in the stands that day when jordan an atheist raised objection to the rally, the teacher suggested, he keep his views to himself. another part of the
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presentation, a fake $million $1 million bill, with fake religious verse, warning the students they could end up in hell. >> he would poo poo me off, it's okay, nothing i'm doing is illegal. >> your son is an atheist, you're an atheist, you don't believe in god. how did that go over for him? >> for him in the school horribly. >> he was not happy? >> well, i mean he got picked on a lot. >> like the lanes, the andersons decided to sue the school. it's anonymity operating under a consent decree having pledged to end such activity. >> 324 kids at this school have made a decision for jesus christ. >> weaver of the aclu cautions, such violations don't always involve christian activity. the organization has filed at least one lawsuit against the
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school where administrators were promoting islam. but more often than not, it's the activity of evangelical christians. as for the negreet school, it quickly settled with the lanes. they sometimes wonder whether the superintendent is right, maybe they would be better off living with c.c. somewhere else. >> i didn't want to have to leave but there were times i felt like how could i do this to him? how could i put him in this situation? he has asked several times, can i go back to utah, and i can't live without him and so i was torn if -- if i was being selfish and staying here. and putting him through that. >> reporter: it isn't just
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c.c. who suffered. anna lost friends sticking up for her brother. and sharon says she's been men menaced by strangers doing yard work. still, the lanes are sitting tight, c.c. is at another school doing better but they struggle losing faith in a community that could allow this to happen. michael okwu, al jazeera, negreet, louisiana. we'll take a journey to one of the most isolated places on earth, antarctica, where the water is a surprising place for wildlife. it's right after the break. >> pain killer addiction on the rise >> i loved the feeling of not being in pain >> deadly consequences >> the person i married was gone >> are we prescribing an epidemic? >> the last thing drug companies
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>> finally, from us this hour, questions about away to do about the future of fish. scientists from around the world are gathering now in australia as they work to stop overfishing in antarctica. they want to create two of the largest marine preserves in the world. they are worried that politics will get away. from ho bart hobart, australia, nick clark. >> an environment that allows thousands of specious to flourish. here the global conveyor belt is replenished by the cold nutrient rich waters of antarctica. it is a living breathing driver of life on
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earth. >> antarctica, cold water that drains off of antarctica provides the circulation system throughout the entire planet. it's like the heart of the entire earth. >> the thing is you guessed it, change is happening. fishing boats are hauling out vast quantities of krill, the food that needs the ecosystem, and others are being targeted too, the tooth fish. >> the tooth fish is sold as chilean sea bass. the white gold documented the story. >> this is probably the most popular size. >> there is no social redeeming value of taking a tooth fish out and serving it in the most expensive restaurants in the world. >> they're accepting it here and
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we're eating it? >> 24 countries and the eu are trying to get these zones in the ross sea, designateas mpas, marine protected areas. >> i think protecting the ross sea in east antarctica is very important. the ross sea is one of the most intact for large marine ecosystems remaining on the planet. i think we have a chance now to keep it that way. >> now factor in foreign policy into the world of conservation. in the past russia has been amongst those to foil the proposal and it's feared this year given increasing tensions with the west will be no different. but compromises have been made on the size of the mpas and with the growing movement for the preservation of this unique environment -- >> essentially you're destroying an ecosystem. >> we have a chance to protect it or to lose it forever.
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>> scientists hope that conservation may prevail. nick clark, al jazeera. >> and that is "america tonight." tomorrow on our program, a red revolt in the making in america's heart land. kansas city governor sam brownback is fighting for reelection. on tuesday we'll find out why even the gop is turning its back on this one time political superstar. and remember if you would like to comment on any stories seen tonight you can log on to our website, join us at twitter or facebook. good night. we'll have more of "america tonight," tomorrow. >> an american votes 2014 special report kansas >> in our state, government is broken >> a republican governor has made drastic changes >> the highlight of this is... eventually doing away with income taxes... >> the democratic challenger says, these policies aren't working >> we are trailing the
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