A mom who had diligently taught her young daughter the rules of "stranger danger," was horrified when found herself witness to her own 6-year-old's alleged attempted kidnapping. Amy Norman was watching out her front window in Parkland, Washington as her daughter, Savanna, was returning home in broad daylight from playing with her best friend across the street. She was stunned as she suddenly saw two men try to abduct her little girl.
Savanna had looked both ways before crossing the street and, seeing no cars, began the short journey home. That's when she said two men "came out of nowhere" and grabbed her. But her mom had taught her what to do in a horrifying situation like this, so she yelled "Stranger danger!" and began kicking and punching. "I screamed loud ... loooouuuud," she told a local news outlet.
Meanwhile her 9-year-old friend Raquelle Pittenger watched shocked from across the street. And Savanna's mom ran out of the house towards her daughter.
The men got away but one of them, Jakeel Rashon Mason, was found and arrested. He is now in jail on bond. And, scarily, it turns out he lives only a few blocks away from the Normans.
It's amazing that this little girl remembered what to do in the moment and didn't freeze up. It's one thing to teach your kids "stranger danger" techniques, it's another to have them not panic and actually be able to think clearly and do them. Thank god Savanna did.
Amy Norman says she is considering moving her family out of the neighborhood.
What do you teach your kids about stranger danger?
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