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Thursday, Sep 12 2013 11:24 AM

'First Look': Program teaches kids to fight off abductors

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    Bakersfield City Councilman Russell Johnson and Rob Duchow from the Southern California Gas Co. talk about a program to prevent child abductions and promote child safety on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Do your kids know what to do if a stranger approaches them and tries to abduct them?

For the third year, the Southern California Gas Co., the Bakersfield Police Department and the City of Bakersfield have come together to promote child safety.

Ward 7 Councilman Russell Johnson talked Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox" about Safe Escape, a child abduction prevention program to take place Friday at the Park at River Walk.

"It's great to see the interaction the kids have while role playing with different scenarios the BPD has them do," Johnson said.

Simulcast host Scott Cox said kids can learn strategies such as holding on to a bench or stop sign to prevent someone from abducting them.

The best part of the program, Johnson said, is hearing kids tell stories of how they were able to fight off an abductor because of what they learned during Safe Escape.

The event begins at 6:45 p.m. at the Bright House Networks Amphitheatre at The Park at River Walk, 11200 Stockdale Highway.

At about 7:15 p.m. the movie "E.T." will be screened.

For more information call 203-1838.

 

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