Self defense class focuses on training for college age women
MAMMOTH SPRING -- Thirty six seniors will graduate next month from Mammoth Spring High School. Twenty seven of those seniors are young ladies. Some women will be going away to colleges in the state, some out of state and some will stay close to home and find work.
Whatever path they choose, school counselor Kim Ragsdale wants them to be prepared for life outside of Mammoth Spring High School.
"We will be offering a self defense class to all senior girls, April 27 from 1-3 p.m. in the multipurpose building at the school," Ragsdale said.
She said the class is free and will be conducted by two Mammoth Spring alumni, Alana Ragsdale and Kyle Cochran.
Ragsdale has been involved in karate for several years and is a fourth degree black belt. She also has a degree in criminal justice from Harding University. She is director of the American Martial Arts Academy in Searcy.
Cochran is a former Army military policeman and works at the Martial Arts Academy in Searcy. Both instructors are national board certified in self defense.
Ragsdale said she came up with the idea of the class back in the fall after she saw a story in the national news about a college student who was strangled and killed with her swimsuit top. I thought then the class might be a good idea for our senior girls," she said.
Mammoth Spring seniors say this class is a good idea. "I will be going away to college next fall and this could be very useful to me. You never know what is going to happen," said senior Kylee Busch.
"College campuses are a little bit different than going to school at Mammoth Spring," said senior Alyssa Blankenship.
Both seniors mentioned the recent shooting at Virginia Tech as one reason everyone should be able to defend themselves.
"Sometimes growing up in a small community, we are sheltered. Our senior girls need to know what to do and how to handle themselves in case any situation should arise," Ragsdale said.
The class is open only to Mammoth Spring senior girls.
For more information about the self defense class contact Ragsdale at Mammoth Spring High School.