Teachers learn how to stop bullying, school violence at summit

Updated: 10/24/2013 12:28 PM | Created: 10/24/2013 11:53 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

With bullying and school violence incidents on the rise across the nation, many New Mexico teachers are wondering, what can be done to make schools safer?

It's a topic they're hoping to get answers on at the School Safety Summit in Albuquerque.

Teachers and administrators at the summit said they sometimes feel helpless because they either don't know what to do, or, as some of them learned on Thursday, they've been doing the wrong thing when they see violence on campus.

Bullying was the first issue tackled at the Safe School Summit hosted by Attorney General Gary King. He said one out of five kids are bullied in school.

Betty Patterson has been a teacher in Las Cruces for over 30 years. She said bullying is a huge problem on campus and she had a tactic for "dealing" with the situations, but she learned at the summit that what she has been doing all along may not be the best way.

"To approach the bully, to have a child approach the bully and say, 'I don't like this. I don't like what you're doing.' They told us that is totally not acceptable," Patterson said. "It's not a good idea and I've always wondered about that and it's a hard thing to do for child."

Dr. Joel Haber spoke Thursday morning and recommended that teachers look for other people, like themselves, to step in and handle the situation.

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