Students feel empowered after finishing self-defense classes

Hundreds of Hershey Elementary students learned self-defense techniques and other safety skills Monday, March 20, 2017. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Hundreds of kids at Hershey Elementary School in Tippecanoe County are learning how to feel empowered.

Second-graders are taught skills necessary to get out of a potentially unsafe situation.

More than 350 students have taken 8-10 hours of training to complete the program. The students are now called RadKIDS and can protect themselves when they are out and about.

“I think it’s one of the most important things we can do to give our kids – the empowerment to know that they have permission to respond if they are in a potentially dangerous situation,” said Michelle Lehman, Hershey Elementary student service coordinator.

The kids learn self-defense techniques and other safety skills.

“The beginning of the class they’re not so sure,” Lehman said. “But by the end, they are so excited because they are empowered. They do feel like they have the permission they need to do what they need to do to be safe.”

Next year the program will be expanded to fifth-graders at the school.