Educators, teachers meet to discuss how to stop bullying

Posted at: 10/24/2013 5:44 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

School is supposed to be a place where kids learn and have fun. But more and more often, it's becoming a place some fear because of bullying. 

Teachers and administrators from throughout New Mexico met in Albuquerque Thursday to learn what they can do to stop the problem.

"They're an easy target and usually they can't fight back," said Betty Patterson, who's been teaching for more than 30 years in Las Cruces. 

Patterson said bullying has always been a problem but it just seems to be getting worse. "Now they bring in a gun. They bring in weapons. They bring in a gang so now, I think it's different in those instances," added Patterson, who drove 3 and a half hours to Albuquerque to get answers.

Patterson sat for hours, listening to doctors and specialists from throughout the country. She learned things like how to spot a bully on the playground, ways to talk to get through to them and how to talk to kids who are victims of bullying. "We have to be a safe spot. If someone comes and says, you know, I really just want you to watch them, we have to be able to say, I can do that for you. I can help you with that," said Patterson.