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New Mexico has stayed pretty safe from the dangers that have surfaced in other states, but Thursday residents learned that one of the biggest threats to local school kids are bullies.
Now it has the attention of state Attorney General Gary King.
“We want to give school administrators, teachers, personnel, the tools that they need to make schools a safer place to deal with those issues and particularly to address issues of bullying,” King said.
Bullying became the focus of a school safety summit hosted by the attorney general's office Thursday in Albuquerque.
Hundreds of school officials met to discuss a variety of issues threatening school kids, including gun violence, physical and cyber-bullying.
A bully expert also attended the summit, whose goal it is to teach parents and educators how to deal with bully offenders and victims.
“Every state is kind of taking on the bullying issue in the legislature,” Dr. Joel Haber said. “So there's much more awareness of it now and that's a good thing generally…but because we're in the media much more we see much more of a focus.”
No word on any effort to target bullying with any new laws in New Mexico.
The attorney general says one of the main purposes of Thursday’s summit was to share school safety ideas and tactics.
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