February 10, 2012 by staff
Stranger Danger, Fighting off a stranger as an attempted abduction is caught on tape. That potential kidnapping happened in Georgia, but here in Northwest Ohio a local martial arts instructor says every child needs to know the importance of stranger danger.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice more than 2,000 children are reported missing everyday.
One girl in Georgia escaped from her would be kidnapper.
The 7 year-old girl was looking for toys at Walmart when police say a man grabbed her trying to steal her away. The man’s attempted abduction failed when the little girls stranger danger training kicked in.
Here at Jeff Gears Martial Arts Academy in West Toledo, Gears teaches more than 100 kids those same techniques if they’re ever approached by a stranger.
“We really need to understand there are some really bad people out there,” said Gears.
Gears says he doesn’t want his students to become paranoid, but he wants them to be prepared if a situation like this ever arises.
“Resistance does help. The girl didn’t do anything real fancy there wasn’t any magical martial arts stuff she was taught no matter what happens she has to fight to get away,” said Gears.
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