Boys And Girls Club Kids Attend Escape School

by Stuart Burson

It's every parents' worst nightmare. Your child being abducted. That's why a local business is doing their part to teach kids how to avoid becoming a victim. Wednesday kids at the Nacogdoches Boys and Girls Club learned what to do when they're in danger.

It was all part of a program called "Escape School" sponsored by Cason-Monk Metcalf Funeral Home. Jackie Morrison, the instructor says it's a good way to drive the point home about kids being careful.

"I think it touches on a very touchy subject that parents may not be comfortable talking to their children about. This is a good way because it's not a scare tactic, this is something that kids can relate to, it's on their level, they enjoy the demonstrations, it's things they can actually do and demonstrate physically to keep themselves safe."

Among the things the kids learned today at Escape School:

If they're followed by a car, they should run away in the opposite direction.

Secondly, if someone tries to take them, their best bet is to yell for help and run up to someone and grab them, and do not let go of that person until help arrives.

If they're on a bicycle, the child should hold on tightly to his or her bike, making it harder for the abductor to put them in his or her car.

Finally, they should call 9-1-1 if they're near a payphone. That call is always free of charge. If you're interested in having it at your school, church or civic group, just call Cason-Monk Metcalf Funeral Home in Nacogdoches at 564-7333 to set up a session.