Bringing Self Defense Into High Schools

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Self defense is a skill that many agree all women need to know.

Now, the Marietta Police Department, along with the Warren Local School District is working to make sure young women learn these skills before they're on their own.

About 60 high school students took a self defense class this week.

And while it's something that could help them in their future, officials also say it's a life skill that should be acquired early.

"They often feel a false sense of security here I think. Because we're in a small area they think it won't happen to them, but it's just simple little things. It might be with a boyfriend that's being too aggressive," Kelly Venham, a Summer Physical Education Teacher with the school district, said.

Officials say the Warren Local School District is considering making Self Defense part of its regular curriculum.

Police are also encouraging other school districts to offer the class as well.

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  • by Ashley Location: Ohio on Jan 6, 2010 at 06:32 PM
    I attended this program during our summer gym class! It was so much fun and I really learned a lot. The teacher kind of reminded me of Vin Diesel! He taught us different positions and kicks we could use to escape as well as some useful statistics in the form of a power point presentation.
  • by wv woman Location: parkesburg on Jun 18, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    Rape needs to be exposed as a crimnimal epidemic. It's very scary to know the percentage of the women getting raped. I wish I had a self-defense class at my high school. I know it would've helped me at one time.
  • by Steve Location: Belpre on Jun 17, 2009 at 07:03 PM
    If I'm not mistaken Mrs Venham said, "One out of every four college freshman girls are raped". 25%! Where is all this raping occurring and why isn't it exposed as a criminal epidemic?
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