Schools should offer abduction training

Yesterday the Oregonian newspaper reported on the abduction and murder of 13-year-old Alycia Nipp down in Hazel Dell, Wash., which is just north of Vancouver.

Alycia was stabbed to death by a level-three sex offender on her way home from school Feb. 21st simply because she took a shortcut through a neighborhood field.

Just like the abductions and murders of 10-year-old Adre’Anna Jackson in Tillicum, Wash. and 12 year old Zina Linnik in Tacoma, these past few years Alycia’s abduction and murder points to the need for mandatory abduction prevention training in all Washington public school physical education classes.

So why isn’t Gov. Christine Gregoire and state senators Lisa Brown and Mike Hewitt sponsoring a senate bill this legislative session to support mandatory abduction prevention training in our public school physical education classes? It certainly isn’t because I haven’t begged each of them to do so for quite some time

Jim Curtis, Executive Director

North American Self-Defense Association

Maple Valley