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Fighting off child predators: "Don't go quietly"

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CARDIFF (CBS 8) – Authorities say the reaction of the victim in the Solana Beach attempted child-kidnapping is causing a growing number of children to be taught how to fight off predators. Still self-defense instructors say parents should not let their guard down.

Tracie Arlington, founder and lead instructor of Play it Safe Defense has been busy teaching self-defense classes to children and says the conversation about self-protection should continue with parents and their children.

“I'm hoping parents will learn this is a safety lesson they have to fit into their schedule, just like swimming lessons,” said Arlington.

She was teaching a troop of Daisy's in Cardiff about protecting themselves from a predator and the importance of not going quietly, “We don't want you to scream, we want you to yell,” said Arlington.

She taught the troop to yell, “Stranger, stranger, 911.”

The 7-year-old Skyline Elementary student in Solana Beach who was targeted by suspected Jack Henry Doshay, 22, of Fairbanks Ranch, did the right thing by fighting off her attacker by yelling and running away before he could wrap packing tape around her head.

“Don't listen to strangers,” said Arlington.

That message is echoing across North County where the Escondido Police Department held a safety academy for children last weekend. They went through abduction drills which was eye opening for parents who saw some children hesitate rather than yell and run and how easily their child could be a target.

“It made me a bit emotional to see my daughter go through the drill,” said Monique Buchanan.

The classes can be emotional for children who know they need to loud and live by Arlington's motto, “I would say go ‘Chihuahua crazy,'” said 9-year-old Danielle Esperti.

The role-playing is known to be the most powerful tool, especially for parents who want to balance their child's safety plan.

“You want to have awareness there but you don't want to make them fearful all the time,” said Windy Esperti.

Arlington comes out every year to teach Girl Scout troops not only as a refresher course but also the girls earn an “Awareness” patch. Arlington also teaches classes for children and parents. 

Some of the footage used in this video report was shot using a GoPro camera.

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