Count us in to stop knife crime tragedies'
PUBLISHED: 11:56 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 25 August 2010
TWO families tragically blighted by knife crime have backed a scheme launched by the Prime Minister. Parents of Robert Knox and Jimmy Mizen have supported Count Me In: Together We Can Stop Knife Crime week, launched by Gordon Brown on Monday.
TWO families tragically blighted by knife crime have backed a scheme launched by the Prime Minister.
Parents of Robert Knox and Jimmy Mizen have supported Count Me In: Together We Can Stop Knife Crime week, launched by Gordon Brown on Monday.
The Government and Families United aim to get thousands of young people to join the online campaign to end knife crime with a week of activity in schools across the country.
Harry Potter actor Robert Knox, 18, was murdered outside the Metro bar, Sidcup, in May, 2008. Jimmy Mizen, 16, from Sidcup was killed after being confronted in a Lee bakery in the same month. Rob's mum, Sally Knox said: "I truly believe that we need to get into schools and educate young people about street violence and respect.
"Together with the other families who have suffered similar tragedies and the government we can make a difference to the future of young people on our streets."
Count Me In week is backed up with new classroom materials to help teachers talk to young people about knife crime and serious youth violence. The materials, supported by Families United and the Kids Taskforce, will be available to all schools online and distributed to almost 300,000 primary school pupils in areas most affected by knife crime.
The online Facebook service contains advice, routes to further support and testimonies from the families and communities affected by knife crime.
Jimmy Mizen's dad, Barry said: "Count Me In is a chance for all the young people of this country to add their voice, and display in a tangible way, their desires to bring improvements to our communities.
"It is all too easy nowadays to brand young people as aggressive and confrontational, when in fact that is far from the truth and most want to show they have much to offer and can be part of the solution."
Speaking ahead of the national launch, the Prime Minister said: "I believe young people want to see an end to knife crime, just as we all do, and I believe the power to make that happen is as much in their hands as it is ours.
"So this week we're asking them to sign the pledge and say 'Count Me In' to a world without knife crime."