Despite being an adult, most of us still doubt ourselves regarding how we’ll act during times of crisis. In comparison to that, the kids of our generation are showing a lot of maturity in that department. One of the biggest examples is that of a Mumbai boy who chased down his brother’s kidnapper.
Now, news is coming from Arizona, USA, that a 11-year-old girl prevented her own kidnapping with the help of a method her parents had taught her.
On November 7th, 11-YO Maddison Raimes found herself face-to-face with a kidnapper. And according to Pinal County’s Facebook post, this is what he told Maddison to lure her into his van,
“Maddison Raimes was walking with a friend near a park in the neighborhood when a man, driving a white SUV, pulled up next to them. The man told the girl that her brothers were in a serious accident and she needed to go with him.”
While reporting the incident, Maddison said that the man had most of his face covered to conceal any identifying features. That said, the police has given a rough idea that it’s a white male in his 40s, with a short beard.
Any other kid might’ve jumped into the van, not knowing what it was all about. But not Maddison, because her mother, Brenda James, had put up a few tricks up her sleeve. Pinal County said,
“The child asked the man what the ‘code word’ was, but he did not know it and drove off.”
According to Indy 100, Brenda said,
“We came up with a code word, and this one time, it saved my daughter’s life. She told me that a guy tried to take her. I never thought it would be used, but I’m proud of her for remembering that and knowing to use that.”
You can check out Brenda and Maddison’s interview here:
Considering how child abductions are on the rise, Sheriff Mark Lamb was proud that parents are taking necessary precautions to prevent such incidents. He said,
“Kudos to the parents of this child for having a code word and talking about to their children about stranger danger. We hope by putting this out, it will encourage parents to have that conversation and create a plan with their children, so they know what to do if they are in that situation.”
In addition to putting out a rough description of the kidnapper, the police has also mentioned that the kidnapper’s vehicle is a SUV, similar to a Ford Explorer.
It’s quite reasonable to expect the world to become a better place. However, it’s naive to think that that change will happen all on its own. So, instead of playing the waiting game, we should take Maddison and Brenda’s example and come up with memorable tactics that’ll help children get out of tough situations.