Parents Talk Bullying

POSTED: Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 6:13am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:23pm

EL PASO--- It's as common on campus as a school bus.
That's what some parents say about bullying. It's true on any school campus, just about anywhere you go.

"Well i think it started when he was in sixth grade. He had a seventh grader kind of bully him," said Patricia Gilbert, whose son's been bullied a few times since he started school at Morehead Middle.
But she figured, it's a part of growing up.

"It hurts, because no parent wants to see their child go through bullying. But, I mean, it happens everywhere," she said.

Another parent, Alba Corral, agrees.
Sometimes, she says, it's her daughter's friends that start the trouble.

"It bothers me, and she knows it. I've told her to stay away from those kids," she said.

What they both don't agree on though, is how schools handle the problem.

"But I just don't think that the school, when you call to complain, they just really don't do much," said Gilbert.

"Personally, any problems that there have been with my daughter, the administration and all the teachers have always been good, very attentive to her. They immediately report the situation," said Corral.

District leaders tell NewsChannel 9 bullies are dealt with at Morehead. Especially, chronic bullies.

School administrators say they've found a solution to part of the bullying problem.
They send problem kids to Portable # 3. That's the alternative program, where kids come in early and also leave early from school, separated from the rest of their classmates.

They deal with it - one bully at a time. But it seems to be a chronic problem that never really goes away.

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