Special signal saves girl – level 3

12-11-2021 07:00

A 16-year-old girl was rescued in Kentucky, US, after using a hand gesture. She learned the gesture from the social media app TikTok to signal to other motorists that she was in trouble.

A motorist notified an emergency center that he observed a young lady in a car, and she appeared to be in distress. When police checked the car, the girl was still giving the signal, but the officers didn´t know what it meant.

The signal, turning the palm outwards and closing the fingers around a tucked thumb, has been demonstrated by users on TikTok and by non-profit organizations like the Canadian Women´s Foundation. The signal is a way for an abused person to tell someone that they´re in trouble without alerting the abuser or leaving a digital trace.

Police got the girl out of the car safely, and they arrested the driver, a 61-year-old man coming from the same town as the girl.

Difficult words: distress (a feeling of extreme worry, sadness, or pain), to alert (to warn someone about a problem or danger), digital trace (a user´s activities, communications, or transactions in digital media).

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