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Predator in for a shock if he targets school again

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ESCONDIDO (CBS 8) - Some students at Mission Middle School in Escondido are getting a lesson in self-defense. The training comes after five young girls reported a man tried luring them into his car before exposing himself.

About 40 female students from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego's after-school program Student Impact are gaining the confidence to defend themselves.

"I learned a lot of techniques in case there is an emergency and I have to defend myself," student Alejandra Islas said.

Lieutenant Al Owens with the Escondido Police Athletic League teaches in kids' self-defense classes, and says the most important scream and run like the wind, even if they have a weapon.

Last week, a man lured five girls walking to campus at Mission Middle School by asking for directions in Spanish and then exposed himself. The victims did the right thing and ran to school and reported it to officials.

The drills help build confidence, and prepare the children for how to fight off a predator.

"We believe if we empower them through training, they are going to be a lot healthier and safer in society," Mario Sainz of the Escondido Police Department said.

The Escondido Police Athletic League offers self-defense classes to children of all ages. If you're interested call the department at (760) 839-4704.

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