Women learn to effectively use pepper spray in Bartlett class - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Women learn to effectively use pepper spray in Bartlett class

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BARTLETT, TN (WMC) -

Dozens of Mid-South women learned how to more effectively use pepper spray Monday night.

Turns out, it’s not just for spraying. The canister itself can be used as a weapon.

There is a technique to making sure it's your most effective non-lethal defense.

“If I feel that threatened, I'm definitely going to use it," participant Fran McKinney said. "Violence leads the news, so I just thought it's something that I can have just in case."

The same thing prompted many others to sign up for the class at USA Karate in Bartlett.

"I would like to learn to be safer at night, if I go out," participant Becky Atkinson said.

Training included how to properly hold pepper spray, how to stand, how to move, and where on an attacker's face to aim.

“Whether they're drunk or on drugs or through rage or whatever, it will close their eyes, and it gives you time to escape,” instructor Robby Beard said.

Participants certainly left Monday’s training more informed about the potential power of pepper spray.

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