NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As children all around the Valley get ready to head back to school, some will be hitting the halls with a new perspective on bullying.
It is through a program called RADKids, which stands for Resisting Aggression Defensively. It is put on by New Middletown Police and focuses on self empowerment and safety.
The program already has been in place in New Middletown schools for five years. But thanks to a partnership with the YWCA, kids from pre-kindergarten all the way through age 13 can take part for free.
“One of the biggest things is, it teaches them about safety, it teaches them about bullying, it teaches that they have no right to hurt somebody. No one has the right to hurt them,” New Middletown Police Sgt. Ken Goist said.
Police said it is really a full-blown safety program. In addition to self-defense, kids also learn how to recognize and react in an emergency.
“We teach them how to get away from a situation where somebody is trying to pick on them, teach them if somebody is trying to come up to them, trick them and so forth, how to get away, stay away from things before it occurs,” Goist said.