In a self defense class held at Kensington Intermediate School in Rocky River, Cleveland kids are learning to fight back. The kids are learning valuable lessons in how to protect themselves from strangers and using other important safety tools.
"Stay back," screams one child with her arms out. "R.A.D. Kids" is an international program that educates kids and parents on how to use their knowledge, skills, and power to protect themselves from violence and harm. The week long 2-hour a day class is offered to children ages 5 to 12.
Don Hallowell is teaching the class and helps to make it child friendly and easy to understand. He said, "We demonstrate what we want them to do. We explain what we want them to do. We really put it in a context that children can understand, and then they practice it with hands on drills."
The drills include knowing potential targets like someone's eyes, nose, and mouth. The class gives parents like Laura Whitkofski some peace of mind. Knowing her daughter Sarah is learning what to do if she's faced with danger or any other situation.
Laura said, "When push comes to shove she knows that it's ok to speak up for herself, to fight back, to make sure that she's not and easy target for someone."
The R.A.D Kids are getting the message loud and clear. They are prepared and know what to do no matter what the scenario.
Luke Hallowell, instructor Don's son, explained why he safe after being trained by the class, "Basically get away and not have to be scared of it. Where some kids if they're in that situation they won't know what to do and they'll get freaked out and just freeze."
Children in the program also learn about fire, dog safety, and much more. For more information go to radkids.org
Sunday, April 20 2014 8:36 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:36:44 GMT
A man got stuck in a porthole at bar in Essex early Sunday morning, authorities confirmed. Few details were provided, but an unidentified man got stuck at the Black Seal on Main Street around 1 a.m. TheMore >
A man got stuck in a porthole at bar in Essex early Sunday morning, authorities confirmed.More >
Sunday, April 20 2014 6:29 AM EDT2014-04-20 10:29:32 GMT
A man has been arrested for murder after a female was found strangled in New Britain early Saturday morning. Luis Velez, 41, of New Britain, was identified as a possible suspect. At about 2:18 a.m.,More >
A man has been arrested after a female was found strangled in New Britain early Saturday morning.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:22:14 GMT
A man was shot after he refused to move his car out of the way of a driveway belonging to a homeowner in Hartford. According to police, two people were sitting in cars talking when the homeowner returned.More >
A man was shot after he refused to move his car out of the way of a driveway belonging to a homeowner in Hartford. More >
Friday, April 18 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:35:55 GMT
Connecticut lawmakers have proposed new bill that would ban whole milk from day care centers. The plan is being considered to improve nutrition standards among children and reduce obesity.The AmericanMore >
Connecticut lawmakers have proposed new bill that would ban whole milk from daycare centers. The plan is being considered to improve nutrition standards among children and reduce obesity.More >
Sunday, April 20 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:26:08 GMT
A hiker was injured while hiking Ragged Mountain in Southington Sunday morning, police said.The Life Star medical helicopter was called to take the unidentified hiker to the hospital around 11:30 a.m.More >
A male climber was seriously injured after falling while climbing at Ragged Mountain in Southington on Sunday morning, fire officials said.More >
Sunday, April 20 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:12:51 GMT
Police in East Hartford are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed in a three-car crash Saturday afternoon. Crash happened near Forbes Street and Silver Lane around 12:30 p.m. PoliceMore >
Police in East Hartford are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed in a three-car crash Saturday morning.More >
Sunday, April 20 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:49:55 GMT
Food left cooking on the stove is believed to have caused a fire at an apartment in Willimantic that left 12 people displaced on Easter Sunday.Firefighters were called to a structure fire at 16 ChapmanMore >
Food left cooking on the stove is believed to have caused a fire at an apartment in Willimantic that left 12 people displaced on Easter Sunday.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-19 22:02:04 GMT
A couple from Ledyard got married this afternoon in front of their home that was destroyed in a fire last week. Last Monday, Megan Hunley and Brian Osborne were forced to run from their burning homeMore >
A couple from Ledyard got married this afternoon in front of their home that was destroyed in a fire last week.More >