Hattiesburg residents learn basic self-defense skills

Hattiesburg residents learn basic self-defense skills

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg community learned effective self-defense tactics to protect against an attacker on Tuesday.

“The reason why we are here is so we can be more aware of our surroundings,” said resident Keturah Standberry.

Hattiesburg Police Officer Lt. Latosha Myers-Mitchell was hands on with a group of area residents demonstrating the importance of knowing how to protect yourself from a potentially dangerous situation.

“So we are prepared for anybody who tries to come catch us, catch us off guard leaving work, leaving the grocery store,” said resident Nene Brown.

This is the first of a series of classes the City of Hattiesburg is putting on to help adults in the community learn proficiency skills for their everyday lives. Kristen Nooe, the innovative program coordinator with Parks and Recreation, said the city has seen a big response from the public.

“It’s a six-week course and it’s free to the public," Nooe said. "It’s everything from self defense to learning about budgeting, financial planning, to changing a tire, sewing a button, making a resume and communication and stress skills.”

Safety first is a priority. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings, tell someone where you are at all times, look confident and carry bags close to your body.

“We are definitely learning some self-defense moves and what not so, that’s the reason we are here,” Standberry said.

Mayor Toby Barker said the courses are designed to help Hattiesburg attract and retain young professionals. Tuesday’s class was held at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center.

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