A 10-year-old boy in Pennsylvania had the presence of mind to escape an abduction attempt by asking a store cashier to pretend to be his mother. The boy, who was walking home from school at the time, said that he was approached by a woman started following him.
“[She] started walking with him and asking him where his family was, asking where his dad was,” the boy’s dad, Sam Green, said.
“She said she probably knew me and was going to Wawa and that he was supposed to go with her and he could get anything he wanted,” he said, referring to a convenience store.
Sammy recounted how the woman peppered him with bizarre questions and made him uncomfortable.
“She was like, ‘I’m going to Wawa. Are you going there? What are you getting from Wawa? Where’s your family at?’” the boy told CBS News.
In the surveillance video, you can see young Sammy go up to the cashier and whisper something to her. She then walks over to the door and locks the woman out.
This is a scary story with a happy ending, thanks to the quick thinking of the boy. It just goes to show that you’re never too young to start learning self-defense techniques and learning how to stay safe in potentially dangerous situations. If you have young children, now is the time to start teaching them what to do if they’re ever approached by a stranger. Here are some tips:
1. Teach your child to be aware of their surroundings and always be alert for anything out of the ordinary. If they see someone following them or acting suspiciously, they should go to a safe place immediately and tell an adult what happened.
2. Tell your child that it’s okay to be rude if someone makes them feel uncomfortable. They should never hesitate to yell, run away, or do whatever they need to do to get away from someone who is making them feel scared or uneasy.
3. Show your child how to use their body as a weapon if they need to defend themselves. Kicking, punching, and biting are all effective ways to get away from an attacker long enough to make a run for it or get help from someone nearby.
4. Rehearse different scenarios with your child so they know what to do if they’re ever in a situation where someone tries to abduct them. Role-playing can help kids think quickly on their feet and come up with a plan of action if they’re ever confronted with a real-life emergency situation.
5. Lastly, teach your child never to go anywhere with someone they don’t know, no matter what promises are made or what threats are made against them. No amount of candy, money, or toys is worth their safety—ever.
It’s every parent’s nightmare—a stranger trying to abduct their child right in broad daylight. But thanks to some quick thinking on the part of the boy, this story has a happy ending instead of a tragic one.
As parents, it’s our job to teach our children how to stay safe in potentially dangerous situations like this one. By talking about Stranger Danger with our kids and teaching them some basic self-defense techniques, we can give them the tools they need to stay safe no matter what comes their way.
New York Post