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Kidnapping Prevention


They're doing it through a program called Kid Escape.

The Dale county Coalition hosted it for Slocomb Elementary School students Friday.

Safety tips that officials say even the youngest of students should learn.

It's hard to tell if Caleb Price was a student or a teacher Friday.

Either way, the Caleb took in every lesson he heard; lessons that could possibly save his life.

"Sometimes when people try to grab you, they might want to grab you and put them in your truck and take you far away, " says Price.

The message Slocomb Elementary Principal Barbara Greathouse wants her students to take away...

"We just wanted to make sure that every child had an opportunity to learn some strategies and things that they might do if they were ever faced with that situation, " says Greathouse.

Caleb and his friends say it all comes down to three magic words...

"Grip dip and spin, " says Slocomb Elementary School student Bailey Habbard.

"You can drop, go thru their legs and try and tug them down with all your might and if you do it and never let go, they might take a chance and fall down, " says Price.

"I think the part that was important was where you grab their legs and so they can stop," says Slocomb Elementary School student Moiss Saenz.

Sargeant Bobby Blakenship is one of the instructors who teaches the Kid Escape program.
While hundreds of kids watch the demonstrations, he's hoping none of them actually have to perform them.

"You may never need it but when you do, it's in your toolbox where you can use it, " says Blakenship.

And if you ask the kids who watched on Friday, there are plenty of ways to get away from a kidnapper.

"Fall down to the ground on your back and act like a dead bug sitting on the ground, can't get up, and you can kick at them and some point, they might run away and you have to run away while looking over your shoulder, like run away sideways looking at them because you might want to see if they are chasing after you and you better run pretty fast, " says Price.

Whatever method works, demonstrators just want the importance of the topic to stick; and it seems that's just what happened with Caleb.

"You can yell for the police officers, your mom and dad or any grown up you know, even your aunt and uncle. And remember that you can even practice at home, " says Price.

Law enforcement officials say children should always try their hardest to stay in the first location an abductor approaches them.

Any school interested in bringing the Kid Escape program to their school should contact the Dale County Drug Free Coalition at 334 445 4554.


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