Bexley: Knife crime victim Jimmy Mizen's father talks to school kids
PUBLISHED: 10:22 11 November 2011
The father of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen joined a surgeon, prison governor and officer to talk to teenagers about knife crime in the capital.
Barry Mizen, 58, who owns a key cutting shop and cobblers in Sidcup High Street, spoke at the event which took place on Tuesday at City Hall for year 10 students from schools across south London.
The project is aimed at enhancing the engagement between teenagers, the police and organisations working to wipe out violence.
Mr Mizen said: “It is important to recognise that young people are just as concerned about this issue as the adult population. It is after all young people who are affected by it the most.
“The forum is an opportunity for adults involved in tackling violence to hear the views and experiences of young people, especially those identified as leaders in their own peer groups.
“When young people are included in the process their sense of ownership and self-worth is boosted, enabling them to recognise that their involvement in the solution is paramount.”
Jimmy’s father has worked tirelessly to tackle the issue since his son was killed the day after his 16th birthday in 2008 after an oven dish was hurled at him in a bakery in Lee, south London.
A victim of serious youth crime also shared his harrowing experience during the day which was hosted by the Greater London Authority and the Met Police.
Another expert, trauma surgeon Duncan Bew, from King’s College, Hospital, revealed his insight into the world of gun and knife crime.
Students from Greenwich University’s Film and Television course will produce a film of the event which is due to be used in schools.
Pupils who attended will carry out tasks over a period of three months to demonstrate the impact of the day.
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