High school holds self-defense class for students

Paragould School Holds a Self Defense Course for Students
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Paragould School District held their first-ever self-defense class for students Tuesday night.

Girls were invited to attend and learn how to protect themselves from attackers.

"I'm here to be able to do self-defense, be able to protect myself, and to know that I can watch out for me," said Rose Taylor, a junior at Paragould High School.

The school-sponsored event was held inside the Paragould Junior High School Gym and was geared toward Junior and Senior girls who are more active outside of school and headed to college soon.

This idea came after Superintendent Debbie Smith and a few teachers learned that some students found themselves in scary situations.

They wanted this class to provide their students with the proper knowledge of how to get out of a dangerous scenario.

"Just because someone has chosen you to be a victim, they don't have to be a victim," School Resource Officer Chris Bunch said. "With some will and some knowledge, they can survive an attacker."

"I want them to walk away with their head held high," School Resource Officer Lee Kingston said. "I want them to feel confident that OK, I'm in it, but now I know how to get out of it."

The school plans to hold another self-defense class so students who missed Tuesday night have another chance to attend.

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