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Child Abuduction Education

By: Karen Kostko
By: Karen Kostko

By the time you read this story, two children in the U.S. will be abducted. In Wisconsin, 700 to 800 will be reported missing by the end of this month. Local law enforcement is stepping in to keep kids safe.

Fourth graders at Maine Elementary School were learning what to do and what not to do if a stranger approaches them. It's part of the DARE program in Marathon County. It's not only teaching kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but other ways to keep themselves safe.

Fourth grader Morgan Hoffer participated in a reenactment of a possible kidnapping situation.

"I was like, ok, this is weird because we have a police officer pretending to be a stranger but it's still good because they're teaching you what to do just in case a stranger comes by you," says Hoffer.

The FBI reports that kidnappings usually occur within one-fourth of a mile from the victim's home. "Officer Friendly" taught students four important steps to keeping kids safe: know, say no, tell someone, and go.

To put the danger in perspective, 800,000 kids are reported missing each year in the U.S. 56 percent of those kids will be found alive, 40 percent will not.


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