STUDY: Early June attempted child abduction, Dollar General, FL. Assailant was apprehended in his vehicle trying to flee scene by off duty sheriff. I recently taught an anti-bullying and children's safety class to a local elementary school wherein we discussed this case. Some Considerations: 1) Those of you who are parents, how prepared are you, your wife, husband, older siblings and children for something like this? 2) This is an odd case attempting to grab a kid right in front of a parent. Vid only shows him attempting to haul girl out of store, I'd be curious to see pre-contact footage and whether he approached her with some type of verbal lure or ruse first and then, when things didn't go the way he expected, he snapped and grabbed her. 3) Teach your kids how to manage space with strong verbal and physical boundary setting skills in regards to strangers and unknowns in their environments. 4) Note the difficulty he had once the girl fell to ground. This is something to consider teaching kids. Dead weight is hard to move and having a child drop to the ground and actually attach themselves to the assailants legs makes it very difficult for the assailant to pick them up, get away or kick them. Are they vulnerable down there? Yes. However this is a viable option once in contact and they are better off than being taken and never being seen again. 5) A parents job is to protect. Consider training and some type of self defense tool such as an easily accessed pepper spray, stun gun (legal in FL), knife or handgun. One of these less lethal or lethal tools may have ended this quickly. Physical defense skills are a great idea but with the child between them, on the floor, the mothers attempts to grab and make contact were difficult. 6) A defensive weapon may not always be for keeping people away from YOU. It may be equally valuable as a deterrent and to help get someone off of you or someone you are responsible for. #studytrainpracticetest #mdts #training #picoftheday @immediateactioncombatives @llindenman @pfc_training @shivworks_and_alumni @aprillriskconsulting #childsafetyskills #safety
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