Thomasville-- RAD Kids, or Resisting Aggression Defensively is an international self-defense program for kids. Now Southwest Georgia Technical College and All Pro Safety consultants are bringing this cutting edge safety class to south Georgia for the first time.
In a world where news of child abductions and sexual predators haS become far too common, kids need to know more than the standard safety lines they've been taught. "It's more than just lecture, it's more than just telling the kids call 911. Because they can all repeat that back to us," said Rachelle Denmark, SWGTC Criminal Justice Instructor.
Kids know they should "stay safe". . .now they want to know how to do it. "I wanted to learn how to get away from bad guys if they try to hurt me," said seven-year-old Jess Eason.
"I wanted to learn how to defend myself. Because if they got me and I didn't know how to do this than we would, I wouldn't be able to get away," added six-year-old Jesse Snipes.
Even though their small, the instructors at RAD kids are teaching them methods and techniques to defend themselves "When it comes down to it, if someone gets a hold of them, a stranger or someone they don't know and it trying to touch them in a place that's uncomfortable or take them off, they know how to defend theirself and run away to safety," said Denmark.
If someone comes near them, first they yell, 'No!' "I learned how to block and that's like this," explained seven-year-old Nicholas Herndon. And five-year-old Kinsey Kelley added, "If they grab your arm you can make a hammer head and hit them in the arm."
Five-year-old Addison Kelley explained what to do if their attacker happens to be a dog, "When a dog comes up you're supposed to freeze and throw a bookbag or a jacket at them." And if tries to bite they learned to curl up in a fetal position and cover their face until the dog goes away.
Everything their learning are preventative measures. "I hope I don't have to do nothing with it," said Herndon. But if they ever have to, they'll be prepared. "If we can prevent one child from being abducted, one child from being molested, one child from being hurt, then I think we've done our job," said Denmark. Even potentially saved a life.
The program also covers what to do in case of a fire and how kids can protect themselves against bullying. Instructors hope to offer the course several times a year.