Morgan County elementary students ready to deal with predators

Fifth-grade students from Teresa Courter’s class use their radKIDS’ skills to demonstrate how they could get away from an attacker during a radKIDS graduation.

Fifth-grade students from Teresa Courter’s class use their radKIDS’ skills to demonstrate how they could get away from an attacker during a radKIDS graduation. Photo by Dianne Steingrubey.

They may be small, but Morgan County radKIDS revealed just how tough they can be if put in a compromising situation.

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About 150 Morgan County R-2 Elementary students recently graduated from the radKIDS program. At their graduation, Lt. Mike Nienhuis, field operations supervisor of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, pretended to be a stranger and each student got to use their radKIDS’ skills to demonstrate how they could get away from him.

Wearing a padded “red man suit” tailored just for him, Nienhuis literally took a beating all last week as graduation was held each day in the program he implemented.

“I love graduation,” said Nienhuis. “You see the kids come out of their shell and stick up for themselves. Even though I am the one taking the abuse, it’s a great feeling to watch that.”

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