Today, we take another look at how self-defense could save you from attack and injury during your workday when you least expect it. Today the world of the school teacher.
Mary Ellis 56 of Atlanta Georgia had been a school teacher for over 30 years without incident until one day when her life was suddenly put in danger.
“I had always enjoyed my job as school art teacher very much, most of the kids were a joy to teach, now, occasionally you get a few that are difficult and even rude, comes with the job of course. I mean, what would life be without a challenge every so often?”
“A challenge is one thing, but I never expected to have my life put in danger! I had been having a few problems with one awkward student who just couldn’t seem to get along with anyone, students or teachers. He was definitely my biggest challenge so far in my career.”
“On this particular day this student who I won’t name had been really abusive towards me, it was like I could feel this whole thing escalating into something nasty, however, we managed to get through the lesson with no more drama and I have to be honest, I was very relieved.”
“As I was leaving the classroom the same student was waiting outside and came walking towards me in a very confrontational manner. It seemed to happen in slow motion, almost as if I knew what he was going to do but I froze and couldn’t react. He said something quite nasty that I won’t repeat and without warning plunged a craft knife into my stomach.”
“I immediately went down clutching my stomach as the student was wrestled to the ground by students and teachers who were nearby. This must have been my lucky day as the knife struck the metal buckle on my belt and broke off before it could do any real damage leaving me with a small cut that only required a couple of stitches.”
“I refuse to allow this incident to make me quit the job I love! Instead I started taking self-defense classes, if anything like this ever happens again maybe I’ll be able to defend myself and not freeze like I did during this incident, and apart from that the self-defense classes are a lot of fun.”
The student was arrested and sent to a young offender’s home and Mary continues to do the job she loves thankfully without further incident.
This story once again shows how certain jobs can put you at risk from an attack, not sure everyone would think being a school teacher could be so dangerous.
Mary had a miraculous escape from the knife attack receiving only a small cut when it could have been so much more serious, or even fatal. The fact the blade hit her belt buckle was very lucky indeed.
It was good that Mary realized with a little self-defense knowledge this attack could have been stopped immediately and avoiding injury to herself. She is now having fun taking self-defense classes.
She showed a great attitude after the attack by not letting this incident force her to quit the job she loved.
It just goes to show, you’re never too old to learn self-defense and have fun learning, what could be better than that combination? Like the old saying goes, better late than never.
Any school teachers reading this that have suffered such an attack or witnessed such an attack on another teacher? If so, were you able to defend yourself avoiding injury?