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CCHS to offer free ladies self-defense class

Chilton County High School will host a free self-defense training seminar for ladies Jan. 19 and Jan. 26.

According to girls basketball head coach Paul DuBose, the goal of the classes is to help prevent sexual assault or kidnapping by teaching females the skills to defend themselves in such a situation.

“It gives an opportunity for the school and our girls athletics to give back to the community,” DuBose said.

The class will be taught by Clanton Police Department officers and is open to the public for females ages 12 and older.

“We’re encouraging daughters, moms and grandmothers to get involved,” DuBose said.

It will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. both Sundays with registration beginning at 4:15 p.m.

“It will start promptly at 5 p.m., so you don’t want to get there late,” DuBose said.

The idea for the classes came about after a discussion DuBose had with CPD officer David Hicks, whose daughter is a manager with the CCHS girls basketball team.

The discussion took place after a parent meeting where DuBose’s message was that it takes a village.

The more DuBose thought about it, the more important it was to offer the classes at no cost.

“I didn’t want to charge, because it’s a skill that all ladies need in this day and age,” DuBose said.

However, donations will be accepted and will go toward supporting the CCHS girls athletic programs.

Businesses have donated items to be given away as door prizes during the event.

Tennis shoes are required to be worn to participate. Flip-flops or bare feet will not be allowed.