Knives, forks and all manner of other sharp pointy things…
13th July, 2009
So a spate of recent knife related attacks between young people has not only pushed knife crime to the forefront once again, but it has rekindled the fear of knives amongst young people. Walking through Liverpool Street station the other day I saw at least four young men, predominantly black, being searched diligently by a posse of tough looking police officers, a sight that shall become more common as summer rolls on, and, especially, as public fear of young people cracks up. So is knife crime an out of control, rampant phenomenon that is about to strike the nation, transforming our young people into feral, aggressive beasts, preying upon one another, each with a razor sharp blade in gloved hand? Not as our research currently indicates [sorry all you eager red tops]. Though a fairly sized 13% have admitted to knowing people that carry knives, or, at some point in their lives, have themselves, a whopping 85% have said that they don’t, and haven’t. Perhaps some of these fear mongers could tune in to the Voicebox program to get some real opinion before the inaccurate stereotyping gets going… Again.
I recently came across these clever people here, who are doing some very interesting, exciting things with kids and, alike us, are all about giving the young ‘uns a voice whilst ensuring adults listen to these views, opinions and grievances. Nice, nice, stay tuned for more stereotype busting!