In the United States, a child is abducted or goes missing every 40 seconds, according to the FBI. Kids and teenagers nowadays are taught ways to avoid strangers, and ways to fend off potential kidnappers should no one be around to help them.
Cynthia Trotter’s daughter was an example of this.
A resident of Memphis, Tennessee, Cynthia Trotter and her daughter live in the small neighborhood of Orange Mound. The school Trotter’s daughter goes to is only a mile from their house, so she decided to walk home from school one day.
While on the mile-long walk home, a man, described by the daughter as a man in his early 30’s, pulled up next to the daughter and tried to talk to her on Oct. 22. Relatively close to her home, the daughter tried walking away.
But the man got out of the van, caught up to her, and grabbed her by the hair.
This is when she had to act.
Cynthia Trotter’s daughter took her backpack—the one item she had on her—and used it against the man.
She threw the backpack at the man—and once the man threw it back, it gave her enough time to “get off the ground and start running.”
This allowed her to escape into her house and tell her mother what happened. Cynthia then called the police, and they are currently still looking for the man. Meanwhile, the daughter’s uncle will drive her to school for the foreseeable future.
If ever put into a potentially life-threatening situation like this, use the resources you have around you. Cynthia’s daughter was steps away from her house, yet could have easily been taken by that man. Always be aware of your surroundings and remember your instincts. They could save your life like they saved this little girl.