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05/25/05 - Wells

Elementary Students Go To Escape School

by Ramonica R. Jones

The abduction, sexual assault, and murder of several kids this year got everyone's attention, including in East Texas.

The folks at Gipson-Metcalf Funeral Home know better than anyone, there's nothing worse than burying a child.  That's why they're visiting elementary campuses, teaching kids and their families how to prevent abductions.

Luther Bolenbarker said, "It's unbelievable, the number of kids that are abducted every year; nearly 5,000 - with almost 150,000 attempts to take children away from their parents."

As part of what's called Escape School, students in the Wells school district learned how to judge good and bad strangers by their actions, instead of just their looks.  They also learned several techniques to help them get away from predators.

"We're going to teach them how to find help should they get away, and some of the techniques to keep from getting captured at all; to keep something between them and their captor like a bike or a garbage can."

President Bush declared May 25, 2005 National Missing Childrens Day - a terrifying reminder that of the thousands of kids that'll get kidnapped this year, more than 300 of them will never be seen alive again.

To help your child become a "safety pro," go to www.escapeschool.com.

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