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Sheriff’s office offers self-defense class for Douglas girls

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is offering self-defense classes this week for female students at Douglas High School.

Deputy Kevin Schaller, a certified defensive tactics instructor for the sheriff’s office and the Nevada State Police Officers Standards and Training Academy, holds a 5th degree black belt in Kempo Karate. He has more than 25 years of martial arts training and experience.

The self-defense class is to focus on psychological factors and mental preparation, personal safety, personal weapons and instinctive movement, strategic targeting, vulnerable targets of opportunity, self-defense techniques against common attacks, and what to do if an attack occurs.

The class was proposed following the kidnap, sexual assault and murder of 19-year-old Brianna Denison in Reno.

“In light of concern by Sheriff Ron Pierini and the sheriff’s department for the safety of young adult females, Deputy Schaller will be instructing the classes through Wednesday,” said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jim Halsey.

The 90-minute instruction will be offered during physical education classes, and nearly 400 sophomores, juniors and seniors are expected to participate.

A class also is to be offered after school Wednesday for girls who not enrolled in physical education.

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