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Colleen breaks away and saves herself.

Two men following the school-bus saw one girl get off.  She had become a target.  Her mother was late coming to the end of their dirt road to pick her up. Unconcerned, Colleen began walking up the road. The men pulled beside her; the passenger jumped out and reached for her, he grabbed her backpack…she released it off her shoulders diving between the barbed wire fence into the dairy cow enclosure, running to the barn to safety.

She simply used her wits to say,”No!” an obviously bad situation, she went and told, Collen is a safety superhero. Her story has empowered thousands of children.  Any child can be a safety superhero.

Collen is now happily married, and an emergency room nurse……a hero for life.

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UW Student Home Invasion 911 Calls Show Terror

Two separate 911 calls placed by female University of Washington students during the same home invasion thwarted a convicted rapist who had held their six female roommates hostage at knife-point. The dramatic 911 recordings were released Tuesday by King County authorities, more than one week after…

via UW Student Home Invasion 911 Calls Show Terror.

In my  “9/11 philosophy”  for  a , ” Let’s Roll!”  situation,

(where one feels if they don’t do something then who will?)

is that the six girls being herded by one man with a knife  might have turned on him, frightening him out of the house.

I do not second guess them. I simply think that if every child were taught empowerment skills at an early age that they would not be as likely ever to be controlled by bad , even scary behavior, where compliance is demanded and expected.

In nearly every speaking engagement people try and trip me up and ask me about the most terrible situations that they can think of….

I always come back to the basics.  Give your child, teen, daughter , son…..a basic plan.  Say No!, to a bad situation, Go! and Tell!

You see parts of the plan here…..No, hide the knife, No – Tell call 911.

Empowered children, teens and adults are safer people.

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Bad Behavior in the News and Family Watchdog

What Can You do Today? go to familywatchdog.us/ You can ask for information on sex offenders, etc. who live/work in your area. 

 I get automatic updates and you can too.

There are good people everywhere and a few bad apples that muck it up for the rest of us!

If the shooting in Texas was not hair-raising  enough, let’s pay attention to the headline from Washington State,  and then applaud the students who called  911 to help them when a recent parolee broke into the roomate’s home.  He threatened, and began the systematic abuse by binding the first 4 girls laying on the floor. He laid down his knife when he ran out of electrical tape, and he began looking for something to bind the girls. 

Meanwhile in two separate areas of the home other roomates are calling 911.

Back at he scene of the unfolding crime, the two unbound girls have hidden and passed down the assailant’s knife beneath them as he went in search of more tape……

OUTSIDE- the 911 calls produce 4 police cars,

 the man is arrested without incedent……

The lesson-

The proactivity of the girls is impressive.  In the face of a very real and imminent threat, they took action ,and we should all give them an ovation!

Some parents, and hopefully teachers too, prepared these girls to act in the face of intimidation.  They turned their situation ” on it’s head.” SAYING NO! to bad behavior.

I always recomend children grow up playing in fun and safe ‘packs’

Here is a grown up example of young people working together to stop someone with very bad behavior.

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911

Good people are everywhere, all week I have been blogging about 911 heroes, children who have saved themselves and their families.  Last night a good Samaritan stayed with a frightened-pregnant woman who had just been slammed intro by a truck running a red light.  This man stayed with her until the police and her husband arrived.  You never know when you might need help, from an everyday hero,  last night it was my daughter, and I’m so grateful she and the baby are fine. 

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