Knife Crime Project

On July 9th 2018, year 9 pupils took part in our second annual Knife Crime Project.  There were several workshops, run by the police, ambulance service and the Robert Levy Foundation Charity.  This charity was set up in the name of Robert Levy, who at age 16 was tragically killed in 2004 when he went to the aid of younger boys being threatened with a knife in Hackney.  Nathan Levy, the brother of Robert, shared his story of the horrific events that turned his family’s happiness into a true tragedy.  The London Ambulance Service spoke about the reality of what occurs to the human body when a victim experiences such devastating trauma that a knife can inflict.  For many victims they will face life changing injuries or death.  Breaking the terrible news to families is part and parcel of the job.  Finally, the Police Trident operation discussed the dangers of gang membership, the law with regards to possessing a knife and the hard reality of prison.  With over 80 young people losing their lives since January in London alone, the day proved to be hard hitting, made more real by the graphic imagery and true stories of real events that our emergency services respond to on a daily basis.  The visitors made a point of commenting how fantastic Valentines pupils were.  They were respectful, thoughtful, reflective and asked excellent questions.  It was clear that the events of the day had a profound impact on them.