Harlem Globetrotters in town to talk about bullying

Posted at: 01/28/2013 6:11 PM
Updated at: 01/28/2013 6:23 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Photo: Anthony "Ant" Johnson
Photo: Anthony "Ant" Johnson

Bullying is being described as more than a problem in schools. Some experts are calling it an epidemic. The Harlem Globetrotters have teamed up with a national campaign to stop violence. They were in Albuquerque today and say that fixing the problem is as easy as your ABC's.

The ABC lesson was taught to the kids at Albuquerque Christian School. Today's teacher was a world famous Harlem Globetrotter. Little kids (and some bigger) were getting a clear message that bullying is wrong from Anthony "Ant" Johnson.

"We just want to instill in them now at a young age so that when they get older they won't forget about it and they'll treat each other with the same respect when they get older," Johnson said.

The lesson was welcomed by students and teachers. Getting the same message from the same people doesn't always seem to work. Vice Principal Regina Santo hopes that the message coming from a Harlem Globetrotter might make it stick.  "Peer pressure is one of the strongest influences that our kids have. When they can learn to stand up for each other and with each other it makes a huge difference in the rest of their classmates and the other people who are actually being the bullies," Santo said.

8th grader Seth Adams says he'll use what he learned today. He also plans on spreading it to other kids that might want to bully.

"If it's one of my friends, I'll go get mad at them and tell him to stop. Usually I'll just go and tell a teacher," Adams said.

Harlem Globetrotter Anthony "Ant" Johnson says it’s all about reaching as many as you can.

"The more cities you go to, the more schools you go to, and just get embedded in their minds that this is not the right thing to do. What to do if you see it happen. Who to report it to, how to show compassion, how to be brave, how to take action," Johnson said.

If you missed the Harlem Globetrotters over their 87 years in existence, there’s nothing to worry about. The world famous basketball team will be here at The Pit on February 10th. If you want to know more about the bullying campaign, click here.