On Friday March 21, 2014 thirty-five senior girls took part in a voluntary self defense simulation. You can read about it in an Article from Burlington Patch. In addition to the course at BHS RAD classes are offered at the police station multiple times throughout the year.
The simulation is a follow up to a week long R.A.D. class offered during health classes. Partnered with the Burlington Police Department, Detectives Annemarie Browne, Tom Fournier, and Officer Kerry Mahoney teach the girls how to defend themselves in the event that they are confronted or attacked. The focus of the program is to escape safely. “Keep fighting, you never know what is going to take someone off their feet.” The girls hear that phrase all week- it is stressed as they work on strikes and kicks with pads.
The simulation offers the girls a “live” chance to use the skills they worked on the previous week in class. The girls gear up with protective gear for their hands, knees, elbows and head, while the aggressors wear special padded suits. This protection allows the girls to work at full speed and not worry about hurting themselves or their “aggressor.” The turn-out this year was the largest in the 5 years the program has been running.
Below are some pictures of the BPD and BHS students working together during the RAD training and simulation.