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school, but they don't know what made him snap. now they're searching for clues in two different sites. a live report just seconds away. powerful snowstorm spanning 1,000 miles, and it's dump aing whole lot of snow across multiple states. roads are treacherous, and flights are canceled. we'll show you just how bad it is ahead. plus, young, rich, and spoiled. defense attorneys say those qualities caused this boy to catch a bad case of affluenza. then the drug gives him probation for the drunken driving deaths of four people. the controversial case this hour. zimplt we're going to start right now in colorado. a day after a school shooting just miles from columbine. ana cabrera, live in centennial. ana, what's the latest on this investigation?
>> we have the arapahoe county sheriff's office, we have the federal bureau of investigation also helping the colorado bureau of investigation. we're told this is a search and an investigation that could take several days, if not longer. one of the places they are currently searching is the home where the shooter lived as well as his father's home. noushg the shooter has been identified as 18-year-old karl pierson, a student at the school. we understand he was a member of the debate team. he walked into the school with a shotgun, and that's one of the big questions and holes right now. where did he get this gun? the sheriff telling me this morning that they hope to be able to answer that question perhaps at a press conference that is scheduled in just a couple of hours from now as well as answering questions about more of the evidence they may have collected through the course of today. of course, it was about 24 hours ago just a little more than that when there was that horrifying
situation for the students who were inside this school. we had spoke to several of them who heard the shots ring out. listen to how this unfolded. >> i'm not sure why. >> there's smoke north syphed the school. there's a fire in the library. >> reporter: chaos and confusion at colorado's arapahoe high school as a gunman opens fire. >> i'm on the north side entering the west parking lot. i have a student down in the athletic hall. shotgun shell on the ground. student may have a shotgun. i see two shotgun shells on the ground right here. >> reporter: and this morning the suburban denver high school is still a crime scene. >> be advised at the time, we do have one student down and they have found shotgun shells. >> reporter: police say the gunman identified as 18-year-old karl halverson pierson shot one student before taking the gun to himself and taking his own life. >> two shots by my classroom. it's scary. we heard the screaming.
>> reporter: police say pierson appears to have been seeking revenge against a specific faculty member because of what police call a confrontation or disagreement. witnesses saw pierson enter arapahoe high school carrying a shotgun. he made no attempt to hide it. >> i saw him. he was kind of running military towards the building. i alerted everybody in the building, and that's when i heard two big bangs. just boom, pop. >> reporter: police say pierson asked other students the whereabouts of that faculty member, reportedly the school's librarian, and head of the speech and debate team. >> when the teacher heard that he -- that this individual was asking for him, the teacher exited the school immediately. in my opinion, it was the most important tactical decision that could have been made. >> reporter: in addition to the shotgun, authorities found two molitaf cocktails in the school. the one was rendered safe. the other had been debt made. >> that's why deputies encounter aid large amount of smoke in the
immediate area. that was ignited either immediately prior to or during the shots being fired. >> reporter: as part of the investigation authorities will be looking at school surveillance video. they are also searching pierson's car, his home, and another home that he had access to. the shooting happened just ten miles from the infamous 1999 columbine high school shooting where eric harris and dillon klebold killed 12 students and one teacher before killing themselves. >> my husband was a freshman at columbine, so he is freaking out right now. it's bringing back horrible memories of that. it's way too close to home. >> the sheriff does tell us that he believes that some of the training and the changes that they've made in temz of their law enforcement protocol may have helped save lives. of course, since columbine, that's really been on the radar
for the folks here. they heard her scream for help. she is in critical condition. we continue to learn how difficult it is for her. for the whole country, today marks one year since the terrible massacre at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. there 20 children and six adults were killed in that shooting. the president and first lady lit candles for each of those victims at the white house this morning. in his weekly address president obama said there just hasn't been enough change since it happened. >> we haven't yet done enough to make our communities and our country safer. we have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. we have to do more to heal
troubled minds. we have to do everything we can to protect our children from harm and make them feel loved and valued and cared for. martin, you know, in the age of social media, i have been monitoring the twitter and facebook feeds. a lot of talk about gun control popping up once again today, particularly after this shooting. you know colorado is one of the handful of states in this last legislative session that did indeed enact some tougher gun control laws, and those legislators have taken a lot of flack for that, so the conversation is not over, but, again, even with those tougher laws here in colorado, shootings like this still happen. martin. >> painful day for much of the nation. ana, thank you very much. now to that deep freeze that's gripping millions of people from the midwest to the east this weekend. a snowstorm nearly 1,000 miles wide is covering parts of the
midwest today. it is marching east. have people seen the worst of the stornl in. >> the worst has pushed through. we are getting snow. it isn't quite as heavy as it was earlier this morning. we picked up four inches of sthoe here in chicago. the snow plows have been out busy morning clearing the streets, salting the sidewalks and the roads. keeping things as safe as they can here in chicago. it is a slow go here in the city, but i not just chicago. as you mentioned, this is messy all the way to the northeast. by the looks of what's coming down this weekend, you might think otherwise i. >> i was homing, and it started coming down. this has been constant all day, yeah. >> the back roads are just ice and snow, and just makes it hard to drive on it and everything. >> reporter: here in chicago the conditions have been down right
frigid. dipping to below average temperatures for days. >> this is jim marsh. come on in, jim. we caught him running just a few minutes ago. you're from d.c. in town for a wedding. some people would call you a little crazy, jim. >> no, this is a beautiful day for a wedding in december in chicago. i love chicago. it's beautiful out here. >> reporter: i guess it's all about the miles at this point? >> yes. we're just going to get the miles in. >> reporter: now this 1,000 mile storm is on the move when tens of millions in the northeast about to get shellaced by large swaths of snow and ice. some places could see more than a foot of the white stuff. >> i'm freezing. this is terrible. >> it's brutal. i don't like it. >> reporter: this wicked weather didn't deter everyone in new york. the christmas parade went on as planned with santa braving the elements. still, utility companies and airports remain on high alert, as are emergency crews who overnight had to battle through bitter conditions in thick ice to fight this fire in berlin,
new hampshire. with warnings and watches now in effect for large portions of the northeast, everyone is bracing for what could be a miserable 24 hours. >> reporter: people are out and about. we've seen joggers and we've seen people bring their pets out here. they're just getting out and enjoying the snow. it's cold here in chicago, though. it's been below freezing since december 7th, and temperatures aren't expected to get above freezing until at least thursday. >> people should get out and enjoy. it's the weekend. don't drive. just take it easy on foot. jennifer, thanks very much. that colorado school shooting has shocked everyone, and rattled the students who were in school that day. we'll find out how they're reacting, how they're doing after the break, and then dr. drew pinski will join the conversation. we'll be right back.
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we are live in colorado where a community is coping with yet another school shooting. yesterday karl pierson walked into the high school behind me, arapahoe high school, shooting a 15-year-old girl before killing himself. dave young of our affiliate kdbr has reaction from some of the other students inside the school. >> come in and -- >> reporter: after agonizing minutes that turned into hours, parents and children reunited hearing firsthand what they just had been through. >> we were sitting there having class, and then we heard like a shot and it sounded like a book dropping like on the ground, but then there was another and so we all, like, dropped everything we had and went in lockdown, and then someone came on the intercomand said that it wasn't a drill. >> it was pretty scary. there were two shots by my classroom. we heard the screaming. we dove for cover, and our
teacher locked the door and i sat in the middle of my two best friends, and we tried to stay calm. >> we heard two really loud bangs coming through the hallway, and we've never heard a gunshot before, so we just assumed it was someone banging on the lockers, and then we heard lots of yelling and more of the loud bangs, and so we sprinted out of there, and we just ran through the parking lot and waved at the first person driving by. >> you think it's a drill at the beginning because you go through so many of them, and when you are getting text from all these people from different schools and out of state asking if you are okay, like, it's just kind of surreal. it just hasn't sunk in yet. >> i went into shock. i have never been in this, and i never want to do it again. >> we didn't know what was going on. we heard shouting. i heard the shooting was in the hallway just outside of the gym, and we heard the doors. someone was trying to get in or checking if it was locked. we didn't know what was going on. no one was notified of anything. i think that was the most of the
scariest party. >> they were saying two kids got shot and stuff. it was one of the kids who, like -- one of them is my friend, but i hope that it's not her. one girl said that it was her, and i hope not. >> your heart just goes out to those students who are still shaking after all this. the shooting, of course, just a day before the one-year anniversary of the sandy hook killing bringing back horrifying memories for so many, and over the past several years there have been several such tragedies. we just mentioned newtown, connecticut. can't forget the aurora, colorado, movie theater shooting. that was in july of last year. then virginia tech, the worst school shooting in u.s. history, and then, of course, the 1999 columbine high school massacre. that was just eight miles away from arapahoe high school where this latest shooting happened. the big question on so many
minds is why? what is going on here? dr. drew pinski joining me now on the phone. dr. drew, we really appreciate your time. what's your answer to that question? why do you think we're seeing so many shootings, particularly the school shootings? >> it's a question that we'll all be struggling with for skwit quiet some time. i'm not sure there's a just so answer to this, but if you look at -- first of all, you have to wonder why there's a clustering in and around denver and colorado, whether there's something perhaps institutionally about the delivery of mental health, identification, delivery, and maintenance of mental health services. perhaps. i don't think it is merely the accessibility to guns. it's nowhere different than anywhere else. you mentioned are a aurora, virginia tech, and now this tragedy, and in each of the cases, say aurora and virginia tech, these are people with severe mental illness that were under psychiatric care, but who were not required to follow-up with their care.
the virginia tech case, he had actually been hospitalized, came out of the hospital, continued to manifest overt psychiatric symptoms, but no one required him to do anything about that until it spiralled out of control. in this case, today, this tragedy, you have to speculate that there's something more going on than just an altercation and a revenge. think about it this way. this kid walked into his own high school. imagine how agitated a young person would have to be to walk into his high school, brandishing a shotgun, shoot randomly some of his piers and then rapidly turn the gun on himself. that is a kid who is although may have been a well liked athlete, good performing student who that day was not for some reason in his normal mental state. something profound was altered. >> not to mention, dr. drew, you mention the shotgun, but did he have some forethought because he also brought with him some molitaf cocktails. how he made those, if he did
indeed make those, also part of this investigation, and so we're learning more about the shooter. you can only speculate at this point about what that motivation was and what led up to this eth. let's talk a little bit about how the students that were here who are shaken from all of what's happened in the last 24 hours, how they moved forward. we talked with a boy who was a student here who heard the gunshots. he talked about trying to process the situation still with his friends. what is the best advice for those parents and students coping right now? >> well, before i answer that, i want to address the issue of motivation. people always want to know why in these horrible tragedies. you've got to understand -- you have to -- there may be some component of his behavior that we can understand. a teacher made him angry for some reason, they had an altercation. to understand the magnitude of this behavior, stop wondering why. the why is his brain was in an abnormal state. he was profoundly agitated.
he was in a suicidal, homicidal rage. that -- there's really not a good why for that kind of behavior, particularly when you remind yourself he wasn't hiding the weapon, he wasn't carrying out some sort of grudge in a very clandestine way. he was brandishing a shotgun and shooting randomly at his pieers and then turned the gun on himself. forget the why. try to understand what happened to him and why he ended up in that state. in terms of moving on for the family and friends, we to some people, interestingly in your report a few moments ago, who have been in columbine and now their children are in this. for those parents, they are at risk for post traumatic stress disorder. they try to reamplify or reevoke something from the past. these kids that were witness to this in order to prevent post traumatic stress can anticipate having a huge stress response that say they'll be fearful, have trouble sleeping, have mood disturbances, be shaky, have changes in appear tut and mood.
>> it's very close to them, and talk about this to the extent that they're comfortable. >> all right, dr. drew pinski, more questions than answers right now. thank you for your time and insight and expertise. we certainly appreciate it. let's head back to you. >> thank you, ana. on another story that has stirred outrage and anger and in some cases just bafflement across the country. a teenage boy from a wealthy family drives drunk, kills four people, and gets no jail time. all because the judge believes the boy has a case of affluenza. our legal experts weigh in on 3 this controversial case coming up.
in texas a wealthy teenager admits that he was drunk when he drove into a crowd of four people, killing them. the judge gave him only probation, no prison time. the judge brought into the defense claim -- or bought in, i should say that evan was a victim of affluenza. he grew up rich and privileged and with parents who never set
limits. he basically didn't know right from wrong. a man whose wife and daughter were killed by ethan couch could barely control his grief when he talked to anderson cooper about losing them. >> you know, holly and shelby were strong in their faith and their family and their friends, and they were givers. there are some people in life that are givers and takers, and they were truly givers. >> it is, of course, heart breaking to hear the husband and father talk about his loss, and can you count him among the many who are furious about this slap on the wrist sentence. let me bring in our legal experts, mark geragos, a cnn legal analyst and defense attorney, and faith jenkins is a criminal lawyer and a former criminal prosecutor. mark, let me start with you. what do you think of this so-called defense that this kid suffered from affluenza?
>> well, i think, you know, i know that it makes kind of great headlines. the reality is it's not unlike what we had many years ago here in california with the so-called twinkie defense. these are not defenses. what they are are ways for people to try to explain what sometimes is inexplicable. how does a 16-year-old kid get into a car and end up killing four people and injuring severely somebody who is with him in the car? the problem you have -- and i know that this at some levels infuriates people even more -- is what do you do? you are taking a look at this kid right here. this is a kid who if you put him in a state prison as an adult with other adults, will not last 95 seconds. i know there's a significant amount of the population who would say, well, that's a great thing. let him go die in prison. the law makes d distinctions
between action that is are intentional, meaning that you got the intent to kill, which is murder, and manslaughter, which is what this is. so i think this judge, you know -- i know people are piling on her, but i have done a little research on her. she's by no means out on the fringe. she is not a wing nut so to speak. she is somebody who is very well thought of. i think she was troubled by what her options were with what to do with somebody like this. >> let me bring faith in here, and, faith, do you agree with that? is that a correct read to take here that this was perhaps not revenge, but, of course, we're thinking about how to try to rehabilitate this young man? >> well, i think the efforts of rehabilitation should be focused on before a young man kills four people, and i think -- >> that didn't happen. we have to move on. >> right. so the message from this, i think, from her ruling says that if you are rich, there is a different standard of justice, and, you know, think about all of the kids of our juvenile justice system and the ones that probably really should deserve a
second chance with two strikes against him. they're born into abusive homes and neglectful parents. they're poor. they're homeless. they commit crimes. we have no problem sending those kids to jail, but this kid who was born with everything, given every opportunity to succeed in life, we give him a second chance. he is worth being sent to a $450,000 a year facility in california while we lock up the other kids and say, no, we have to remove you from society, for our own protection. it is a traversy and double standard. >> i agree with you fully, but i will tell you is that in any way really a surprise, mark? do you find it a surprise that someone would find this a great defense? >> somebody who -- i would say that's certainly not breaking news. i have been arguing for years, and i have kind of a robinhood practice where i represent very wealthy people and i also represent indigants, and i will
say one of the most frustrating things about practicing criminal law is there are two systems of justice, and it isn't as if people start out that way or that anybody, you know, necessarily, prosecutors, judges, or even defense lawyers, go in and say, okay, this person is poor, we're going to do something, you know, worse to them because they are, but what happens is the opportunities that you have, the kinds of defenses that you can put up, the ability to do what you need to do to defend people is a function of your resources and your resources are a function of how wealthy you are. >> faith, do you think that -- >> take it a step -- >> i was just going to ask, do you think this is going to trigger a number of other defenses based upon affluenza? it's the first i've heard of this. >> i think -- yes, because i think it sends a very dangerous message here. this case takes it a step further, mark, because, yes, when you are wealthy, you can afford those top notch attorneys, and you can afford to pay experts to come in and present defenses like this, but now you have your own legal defense. because i'm wealthy, because i'm
rich, i didn't understand the consequences of my actions. that is what makes this decision so egregious. that's just one of the things. >> yeah, i mean, i agree with you. we call it affluenza. it's the spoiled brat syndrome, mark. >> but the problem is i don't think for a minute that this judge, unless she just lost her mind and bought into it, i don't think that that was the motivating factor for what she did. i think she -- i think -- you know, obviously, weesh sitting from afar, i think she took a look at this kid and said, what am i going to do with him? where am i going to place him? is part of the problem that we have with the criminal justice system and, remember, he is a juvenile. there is a distinction that we make rightly or wrongly between juvenile courts, which are for rehabilitation, and adult courts, which are for punishment. he was in juvenile court. >> last year this same judge sent an african-american 14-year-old teenager -- >> for ten years. >> who punched another person
one time, that person died. the same judge sentenced him to ten years. she does have -- that kid, mark, she said could get rehabilitative services in the juvenile justice center. that's what i'm saying. there is a disparity here even among this judge's rulings. >> make it quick, mark. we're just about out of time. >> that's the quick distinction between somebody who commits an intentional act as opposed to -- which is murder, as opposed to a manslaughter. >> he intentionally hit someone. there was no intent to kill. there is no distinction there. >> that was -- he was charged with murder. >> mark geragos, thank you both for joining us. as we said, this is one that really stirs conversation. we could continue, but identify got to move on. thank you for being with us today. e-mail yonz of americans are in the path of that great big snowstorm that is headed to the east coast. if you are there, we'll tell you what to expect coming up.
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welcome wack to the newsroom. i'm martin savidge. thank you very much for joining us. if you are in your home right now because of snow, you are not alone. the storm is stretching 1,000 miles. it's affecting millions of people from the midwest to the east coast. cnn's jennifer gray is in chicago. jennifer. >> reporter: chicago has received about four inches of snow during the morning hours. the snow is expected to let up a little bit later this afternoon. this storm system is pushing all across to the northeast affecting places like new york and boston. we're expected to see up to seven inches of snow right outside of new york city. some places near boston could receive up to eight inches of snow, and then places like upstate new york could see almost a foot of snow, so this
is a mess that stretches 1,000 miles east-west. right now i want to toss it to my colleague alexandra field, who is playing her way from new york city to boston. how are conditions for you? >> reporter: well, that storm coming from the midwest has landed here along the east coast. we are in connecticut right now. we just paurt waterbury, connecticut. we are headed towards hartford en route to boston from new york city. take a look out my window here, and you can see that the cars have slowed down. snow on the roads. snow on the side of the roads, and traffic is definitely moving at a slower pace right now. out of my rear window you can see it as well. everyone just sort of taking their time. remember, this is a sight that we haven't seen here in the northeast for a number of months now. we left new york city around 1:30 this afternoon, and there was a good blanket of snow over central park. they're expecting three to five inches of snow there, and the snow is moving with us as we head north toward boston where they're expecting eight to 14 inches of snow. most of the snow should be west
of boston, but there could be eight to ten inches of snow in boston where we're hearing that the flurries have already started to land. massachusetts emergency management agency is preparing for a big storm. they have warned the utilities and the airports, the department of transportation is already preparing there for a big clean-up tomorrow morning. now, on the roads here, we're on interstate 84. we have seen some plows going by already. we've seen the sand trucks out and the salt trucks out. they're going to try to minimize the mess before this storm here really takes hold. again, these are tough conditions. if you are, you know, getting used to the snow for the first time. we've seen two cars off on the side of the road. we're going slowly. this is a 65-mile-per-hour road. we're going 40 right now. this will be a longer trip to boston, but we certainly aren't trying to race there. we are just hoping to make it before the bulk of the snow starts to come in in boston between 6:00 and 58 tonight. martin. >> nice and easy. slow and safe. thanks very much. enjoy the ride. coming up, he is known for
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it's not always kids that say the darnedest things. the police chief of bridgefield, ohio, said this after kanye west told an interviewer that he puts his life on the line during shows just like a police officer or soldier does during their job. >> i'm just, you know, giving of my body on the stage. i'm putting my life at risk. that mountain goes really, really high. if i slip, you never know. i think about my family. i'm, like, wow, this is like, you know -- this is like being a police officer or something or like war or something. you are literally going out to
do your job every day, you know, knowing that something happens. >> okay. so here is the on stage mountain that kanye referred to in the clip. chief david oliver posted an open letter to kanye on facebook, and he encouraged the rapper to join the military. he wrote, "when the taliban start shooting at you, perhaps you could stand up and let the words flow." he went on with, "check yourself before you wreck yourself." my colleagues on cnn's "new day" talked with the chief earlier this morning and asked him what he found the most offensive about kanye's comment. >> to me the most offensive comments were directed towards the military. you know, i love my chosen profession, but i also understand that our military personnel are far more in harm's way than a lot of us are on a regular basis. i was just more offended for our military. i mean, obviously i was as a professional police officer too,
but the military thing just hit home with me. >> what has been the response to your letter, chief, because as i went on facebook and i saw all of the responses to what kanye said and then responses to you, what have you been hearing? >> oh, we've -- we've been pretty busy answering the phone and emails and messages. i mean, that wasn't the first time. we've had pretty active facebook page for the last two or three years, but this one i think just struck a nerve particularly because i don't believe that anyone thinks you can compare being a famous entertainer to being a military person who is deployed in a war. >> would it make a difference to you if kanye apologized? would you believe it if he did? >> you know, i don't -- no, i don't think it would make any difference. i think what's -- i think most people understand what's in your heart is usually what comes out of your mouth. you know, it's okay to walk
things back later and admit a mistake, but, you know, i don't know how genuine it would be, and i don't at this point -- i mean, i understand where -- i understand his opinion and where he is coming from, and just leave it alone after that. >> a good idea. why not send kanye off, say, to afghanistan for a nice uso show for the troops? done. chief david oliver, brentfield, ohio. calling on celebrity and that's kanye west sharing his thoughts with cnn's "new day." okay. so we're used to seeing robots in sci-fi movies. soon you could see super robots like this guy. find out what it can do neck in the cnn newsroom. where does the united states get most of its energy? is it africa? the middle east? canada? or the u.s.? the answer is...
every weekend we bring you the science behind the stories in the news, the why behind the what, robots that function like humans pretty much a staple in science fiction and action movies, but we're close to actually seeing one at least on a future space mission or maybe even a disaster. here's cnn's chad myers. >> reporter: technology of the future. it's always been something reserved for places like the
movies. take "iron man" here, well, not anymore. the future is now. moving off the big screen and right into the lab. >> meet valkyrie, 6'2", 125 kilogr kilograms. >> reporter: he's got it all, cutting edge arms that detached, mounted cameras head to toe and sonar senses. he even has a glowing circle in his chest. it took nasa nine months from design to build to produce this humanoid machine, capable enough the agency says to enter disaster zones and provide search-and-rescue functions, maybe even one day go to mars. >> likely nasa will send robots ahead of the astronauts to the planet. these robots will start preparing the way for the human explorers. >> reporter: the first valkyrie has another mission, to compete in next week's robotic challenge, sponsored by the
department of defense. >> the valkyrie robot that nasa has been building is an extraordinary machine. of all the robots we have there it's the one with the most degree of freedom, the most joints that can move around and it's really quite sophisticated and i have very high hopes for it. it's related to the robonaut which is a robot on the space station right now, but it doesn't have legs, it can't move around. so what nasa johnson space flight center is trying to see if they can add the capability that the robonaut has now and add some mobility to the platform. >> reporter: 17 teams from around the world will be competing in the trial where teams will attempt to guide their robots through physical tasks, that includes testing mobility, dexterity and perception. >> what is so exciting about this is that we're actually trying to make the future. i've been reading science fiction books about robots ever since i was a little kid. much more recent stuff as well. and it's really an extraordinary
thing to see these robots begin along the very long path to get to where they're actually going to be useful to help us in our lives. >> reporter: chad myers, cnn, atlanta. >> thank you, chad. neat stuff. now to an update about one of our cnn heroes, doc henley. his work is now the subject of a new documentary which premieres tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. eastern on cnn. here's a preview -- >> gonzalo and i are heading up the river to a little village which actually translates directly into the miraculous or the miracle. we've got the amazon river and all these tributaries that are leading into the amazon river. there's water all over the place, but that water's just absolutely filthy. they're bathing, they're washing their dishes. a lot of times using the restroom all right there in the same water source and that's the thing that's causing them to get sick.
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personality. she was just a fun kid. >> reporter: a fun kid and wise beyond her years. >> this is where the old house once was. >> reporter: annette's house burned to the ground in 2010. >> and i explained to her that that was the fire and that we hadn't decided what we were going to do there. and she basically asked me why i hadn't planted some flowers. i told her that the ground was scorched and that flowers probably wouldn't grow, and she had said to me that i should plant flowers even if they weren't going to last forever. >> reporter: that statement from this little girl had a big impact on annette. >> even if your beauty is only fleeting, isn't there something to be found in acknowledging the beauty that we have today? so, yeah. we planted flowers anyway. >> reporter: the instinct to create beauty in the middle of the ugliest of circumstances was obviously nurtured at home. at the very lowest point in their lives jeremy richmond and jennifer hentzel began to ask
what they could to do to prevent future acts of violence. >> after she was killed i couldn't sit on the couch. i had to be on the floor. i had to be grounded. >> reporter: so you would just be laying on the floor? >> or sitting or leaning against the couch, but i had to be on the floor because i felt if i stood up the world would spin away. >> reporter: jennifer and jeremy are both research scientists. he has a ph.d. and has worked extensively in neuroscience. while at the rock bottom, they decided to honor their daughter by trying to answer the question why do people become violent. >> and we do think that there are physical manifestations in the brain that lead to all our behaviors. and if we can understand those, we can help nudge them one direction or another to make things happier and healthier. >> reporter: in other words, treat the problem and stop violent behavior before it ever happens.
>> tune in to cnn tonight to meet more of the sandy hook parents and how they turn their losses into legacies. an anderson cooper special "honoring the children of newtown, one year later" tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. that's all for me. i'm martin savidge, thank you for spending your afternoon with me. the next hour of "newsroom" starts with rosa florez in new york. >> thank you very much, martin. i appreciate it. you're in the "cnn newsroom," i'm rosa florez, thank you so much for spending part of your saturday with us. we have a lot to cover, including this -- we're following a massive winter storm that's blanketing a third of the country. check this out. snow and ice stretch more than 1,000 miles. in missouri slick streets caused cars to overturn and several
crashes near springfield. and in buffalo, thanks to four days of lake-effect snow people are dealing there with 3 to 4 feet on the ground and even more is expected. cnn's alexandra field is driving from new york to boston to check on conditions and she joins us now live now near hartford, connecticut, and alexandra, how is it looking? >> reporter: well, rosa, it definitely gets worse a you go farther north. i know that we left new york city around 1:30 and you certainly have some snow there. they're expecting 3 to 5 inches, but we're heading for boston where the forecast calls for 8 to 14 inches of snow, so this is a slow-going trip up interstate 84. a lot of the cars have been slowing down periodically as we get through patches of road where the snow has begun to stick. we're also seeing some highway signs that advise people, you know, to take caution, that the roads are slippery, again, this is the first time that a lot of people are driving through the snow in the northeast here
after, you know, the summer and the spring. we haven't seen this here yet this fall. so winter is coming early, a full week early here. and you can see right in front of me through the windshield camera that cars are slowing down as we approach hartford, people are trying to take their time and navigate the roads. we've seen plows out. there are salt and sand trucks that are out and they preparing the roads before they stick. we're heading to boston where they're expecting the largest snow totals, up to 14 inches of snow. the massachusetts emergency management agency has been preparing for this storm and specifically preparing for the cleanup. utilities are on alert. airports are on alert. plow trucks are being ready to be deployed across the state so we'll see what we get. we're told that the heaviest snowfalls should start to come around 6:00 or 8:00 tonight. we should be arriving before that. this is typically a four-hour trip. we're not sure how long it will take since we are definitely slowing down today, going about 40 miles per hour on our trip from new york to boston, rose sha?
>> alexandra field, live for us, thanks so much. we appreciate that. now, the u.s. is not the only country dealing with the cold weather and snow. check this out, prince harry and a group of servicemen and women grave temps as low as 31 below zero to hike to the south pole. three teams of seven were supposed to race 200 miles for charity, but organizers called off the competition aspect of that because of those conditions. in jerusalem more than 15 inches of snow on the ground. roads in and out of the hilltop city had to be closed because of those conditions as well. and in egypt, yes, i said egypt, snow coated the streets of cairo. now, according to reports, it's the first snowfall in more than 100 years. many people tweeted pictures of their counwintry-like wonderlan that area. we're watching two places in the country right now, places where people are hurting today because a disturbed young man
brought gun into schools and started shooting. this is centennial colorado, ten miles from denver, where a teenage girl is in critical condition at this hour, shot by another student who then killed himself. plenty of unanswered questions there. we're expecting more information from police very soon. we'll be live from centennial in just a moment. also today the people whose lives were wrecked by the sandy hook elementary school shooting are reflecting one year since that terrible day, 20 kids and 6 adults died there violently and senselessly last december 14th. the people of newtown, connecticut, are grieving privately today. police outside denver say they'll probably never know the real reason a high school senior opened fire inside his school yesterday. because he's dead. he's identified as karl pierson, 18 years old, a boy scout and school athlete. witnesses yesterday say they heard pierson looking for a
faculty member when he was walking the halls and also shooting. we are outside the school right now, and police are going to update us in about an hour. what are we expecting to learn at that time? >> reporter: right now, rosa, there are still many unanswered questions. the motive, we hope to learn new details about exactly why this student came into the school yesterday with a shotgun. we also hope to learn more about him specifically and also where he got that gun, what hands did it have to pass through to end up in his. you can see there is still plenty of investigation to be done here at this school, with the school completely cordoned off by crime scene tape. the sheriff telling us that the teams of investigators will be combing meticulously through this school, at least through tomorrow. school is closed on monday to give them a little extra time to process the scene. there are two other scenes they're also continuing to do searches today. the house where the suspect
lived, again, the suspect identified as 18-year-old karl pierson, as well as his father's home. and, again, they're looking for any types of clues in to the planning that may have gone into this, not only did he have a shotgun, but they also recovered two molotov cocktails, incendiary devices, one that had been ignited or had been sort of detonated and had sent out a bunch of smoke throughout the school. the second one that was also found in the school, but did not detonate, that they were able to confiscate. fortunately those devices didn't do any -- if any damage, we're told it was only very minor. and they're also hoping -- we're also hoping to learn more at this press conference about the 15-year-old victim who was shot. while the 15-year-old girl doesn't sound like was the intended target, she was somebody in the path of gunfire when those shots rang out, is in critical condition in the hospital at last check, underwent surgery last night. thoughts of and prayers for her as students here continue to
cope with this tragedy. and they tell us, you know, it's very surprising, very shocking to them, but there's a lot of gratitude on their part saying that this could have been a lot worse if things weren't handled the way they were. listen to this -- >> all the teachers handled it very well. my coach russ is a security guard, and he handled it i think like a superhero. i saw him in a dead sprint. he had no fear. same with the police officer at our school. they took it very well and they knew what to do in our situation. >> reporter: and you heard that student talk about sort of a heroics that he witnessed and heard about happening here at the school. we know the sheriff also saying that he attributes a lot about the situation not being any worse to some of the training that has been done since columbine, and that massacre that happened back in 1999. there's been some very diligent training among law enforcement as well as drills within the schools to prepare for situations just like this.
and so that law enforcement is now trained to go directly to the shooter, not to wait for other law enforcement backup to go there directly, try to isolate the threat, and prevent any other deaths or injuries from happening. that's what happened and, again, one student dead, the shooter himself. one other injury. and that was all. so, it's still a developing investigation, rosa. we hope to have even more information for you when we join you again a little bit later following that press conference scheduled in about an hour. >> it's a difficult time, ana cabrera, live in colorado for us, thank you very much. now to the east coast where people are remembering another school shooting. a very deadly one that happened one year ago. president obama and the first lady lit candles at the white house this morning in honor of the 20 kids and six adults who died in the sandy hook elementary school shootings in connecticut. at the time president obama called it the worst day of his
presidency and promised major changes to make sure that there would be no more sandy hooks. that's a promise that's been difficult to keep. brianna keilar reports. >> reporter: newtown was supposed to change everything. >> we can't toll late this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them we must change. >> reporter: president obama addressed a memorial two days after the shooting that took the lives of 20 children and 6 staff members. he directed vice president biden to come up with concrete proposals to reduce gun violence, and public sentiment fueled a bipartisan effort to pass a federal law to require background checks for all gun purchases. >> the amendment is not agreed to. >> reporter: but in april, it failed. >> this was a pretty shameful day for washington. >> reporter: president obama promised to push on. >> this effort is not over. >> reporter: one year after the shooting those efforts have
happened on the margins of the issue. obama has taken 23 executive actions. vice president biden announced a $100 million mental health initiative, a handful of states have installed background checks or bans on high-capacity guns, but more than a dozen states have actually loosened laws. >> i still have three bullets with me today and a metal rod in my left leg. >> reporter: colin goddard was injured in the virginia tech shootings. despite the setbacks he feels a lot has been accomplished. >> we have more records getting in the background check system to make it work properly. we have research again from the cdc studying how people are killed with firearms. >> reporter: but colin and other gun control advocates are frustrated by congress' inaction on universal background checks. >> we have to start making calculations about saving lives rather than calculations about people's political future. but 90% of people believe in background checks. >> reporter: at the white house there is no new push for gun
violence legislation, and without congress' cooperation, officials seem resigned. >> in the end there's a limit on what the president can do. other actions require congressional movement. >> reporter: a ban on plastic undetectable firearms just made it through congress, but when it comes to universal background checks there are no plans to take that up. brianna keilar, cnn, the white house. and still to come -- when it comes to protecting students, are schools doing things any differently a year since newtown? we'll be talking about that next. and here's a live look at cambridge, massachusetts. stay with cnn for the latest on this nasty winter storm that is making for a miserable weekend. for, hear this, a third of the country. we'll be back after this. [ male announcer ] this store knows how to handle a saturday crowd.
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and there is that marvelous shot. thank you so much for being with us, of cambridge, massachusetts. looks like a wintry mess, perhaps a wintery wonderland. but we do know that our alexandra field is headed to boston right now, so she is weathering the elements for us, and we'll have her later in the show as well. and now to this. today we're talking about two
separate school shootings. one is still a fresh crime scene. the other is a tragic part of modern american history. centennial, colorado, and sandy hook elementary in connecticut. add to that virginia tech and columbine. these are all watershed events of the past 15 years. now, i want to bring in kenneth tromp, he's an expert in school security and has written books on classroom killings and crisis prevention. kenneth, thank you so much for being with us. we just saw a report on the frustrations that president obama has in making these major changes aimed at preventing these tragedies. now, despite yesterday's shooting in colorado, are schools any safer right now you think? >> i think the frustrations lie in many levels. you're devaling with one level with school safety couched in the gun control and gun rights debate particularly after sandy hook, but on the ground level
and the schoolhouse level, we hear from parents all the time who are frustrated, school administrators who are frustrated with the limited amount of resources that have been allocated, the number of federal programs were eliminated that came up after columbine. but at the local level it also has to be a school board issue, and parents can do the best advocacy in their own backward with their own school board, superintendent, and principal. and really what we need to do we need to make sure that schools are focusing on the proven, reliable, best practices. just as a couple of examples, in this year after the sandy hook shootings, we've been in schools that had -- ones that had a crisis plan dated in 1999, and we're in the year 2013 and it wasn't documented as updated. we walked through one school one morning as children ran the hallways past nearly a dozen people, and no visitor i.d.s,
people didn't say good morning, may i help you. they say good morning, but they let a stranger walk right past, so there are a lot of the things that we need to do that may not cost tons of money, but it really require an investment in our people, in our training students and staff, in working out our crisis plans, having conversations, working with first responders and doing a number of other things with our drills and day-to-day preparedness. >> kenneth, thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate that. >> thank you. and still ahead, some compromise in washington this weekend. but now house speaker john boehner is taking heat from tea party republicans over a new budget deal. why this could be a turning point for the gop. that's coming up.
least productive ever, but the house actually did something before heading home for the holidays. it passed a budget. the measure still has a big hurdle to go in the senate. now, let's try to put all of this into some perspective. let's try to do what some are calling a do-nothing congress into perspective with professor julian zelzer, he's a historian at princeton university, and, professor, let's start with the republicans, shall we? house speaker john boehner this week admonished the powerful conservative groups that have pressured the gop over key issues like the government shutdown. after this week's budget deal he lashed out at his critics on the right. take a listen -- >> it just comes to a point when some people step over the line. you know, when you criticize something and you have no idea what you're criticizing, it undermines your credibility. >> now, professor, this is a big deal. is this a watershed moment?
is this a big shift, do you think? >> it could be. you see a speaker who is very frustrated with his own party privately. he feels emasculated. this year he's not been able to control his congress and he's watched his party's approval rates tumble. he's taking a stand and seizing control and he's trying to regain the agenda from a faction of his party that has really dominated congress for the last year. >> and he's lashing out at this group. do you think the republican party can survive without these conservatives? >> well, i think it can, because he has a big ally in his corner, business, and business is even running campaigns against some of these republicans. it will be a tough battle. >> it won't be easy. >> these are very vocal opponents and there's a lot of republicans who feel the party has really gone in the wrong direction in the past year. >> do you think we'll see less cooperation and more confrontation and less things done in washington?
>> may be. polarization is very strong. the budget deal is a small deal but it takes the budget off the agenda for a while. now there is room because of that to deal wish issues like immigration. that's the question can he corral the republicans now that the budget's gone around a really much bigger issue in some ways that the nation has been waiting for a solution. >> since you mentioned immigration, i'm curious, because i know the talks have been about piecemealing immigration. do you think that would still be a piecemeal type of i guess legislation or what would you -- what would you say? >> well, that's what the speaker is going to try. that's what some republicans want. but i think an immigration bill without the path to citizenship is just not going to be satisfactory, so i think he'll have a problem on his hands. the question, again, will be internal republican politics or many republicans who say pass this bill, pass a full bill, and let's not be the party that stops immigration reform. >> professor, thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate your time. >> thank you. and still ahead, take a look at this little guy. he just got back from an
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more on how affluenza defense worked and became a national conversation. i'm rosa flores, i'll see you back here at 5:00 eastern when "cnn newsroom" continues. but, first an up-close and very personal look at one family's battle with her son's mental health. "sanjay gupta, m.d." starts right now. welcome to "sg md." you know, it's been a full year now since adam lanza killed more than two dozen people at an elementary school in newtown, connecticut, and, you know, that's usually when a mental disturbance makes the news, when something terrible has just happened. over the past several months we decided to do something different here at cnn. to pay attention to this very important issue when the news wasn't breaking. when you had a little bit more time to truly process and understand the impact of mental illness on everyone. on anyone. but it is a challenge, at times heartbreaking, yet very important story to tell. and a family in