Missouri 4th grader saves friend from kidnapper

GLADSTONE, Mo. — A nine-year-old boy in Missouri saved a little girl from the clutches of a kidnapper.

Luke Larson was walking through a park in Gladstone on his way to summer school Monday when he saw a man grab the girl from behind.

When she screamed for help, Luke sprang into action.

The girl kicked the man in the shins, and Luke ran toward him, shouting.

The attacker chose to run away; then Luke grabbed his friend’s arm and they ran to school together.

Police say children are taught to fight back and make a lot of noise when a stranger attacks them; and they say both Luke and the girl did exactly what they were supposed to do.

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