Students at Hertswood Academy in Borehamwood received a hard-hitting message about the dangers of carrying a knife and becoming involved in gangs during a talk coordinated by Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership.
The young people, all aged between 11 and 16, heard from Alison Cope, whose son Joshua was stabbed to death in Birmingham in 2013, and the St Giles Trust, a charity helping people facing severe disadvantage to find jobs, homes and the right support they need, ended the day talking about county drug lines, gangs and grooming.
Loran Kingston, Community Safety Intervention Officer for Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “We are working with our police colleagues and other partners in the Community Safety Partnership to try to raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime and getting involved in county lines and gangs across the borough.
“We want our young people to be able to make informed decisions about what they are getting involved in, which can have devastating consequences. The young people were encouraged to talk to their friends, parents, teachers or even the police about their concerns and were reminded that it is never ok to carry a knife.
“Anyone can report their concerns anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or their untraceable online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
or the police's non-emergency number 101.”
Peter Gillett, Headteacher at Hertswood Academy, said: "We are delighted that Alison Cope and The St Giles Trust have delivered these very important and thought provoking presentations about the dangers of knife crime to our year groups.
“Schools need to be proactive in their approach to tackling this and I would highly recommend these sessions."
The sessions took place in on Friday 26 April.
For more information or to arrange a workshop at your school, contact Loran Kingston on firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 020 8207 2277.
Posted on Tuesday 7th May 2019