London violence: Children as young as 10 fear being stabbed
Thirty teenagers were stabbed to death in London last year. What can be done to save lives in 2022?
The picture in the capital is bleak: fearful for their safety, more children are carrying knives, community workers say. Some pupils are so afraid of being attacked they are being shuttled to school by taxi.At recent crisis talks the BBC attended with police, youth workers and school leaders, community activist Tilisha Goupall recounted the traumatic story of
Speaking of the trauma some of these 10 and 11-year-olds have experienced, Ms Goupall said: "Thirty young people died last year, which is a whole classroom."Image source,One of those present at the talks in Croydon, a south London borough where five teenagers were stabbed to death last year, was the principal of Oasis Academy, Saqib Chaudhri.Read more: BBC News (UK) »
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Because you have a unwanted pakistani as mayor ? Remember TheRapeOfBritain with TommyRobinson just like women feeling unsafe in the streets, and having to walk with keys between your fingers or a knife in their handbag.... is the same way young black men feel unsafe and needing to protect themselves, and the police don't help either, women or young black men. same same
Kids need to be screened and the psychopaths weeded out and dealt with. However much I hate China, this sort of crap would never happen there. They monitor that shit and stamp it out early. Address child poverty + establishment racism Stop and search, oh, hang on. It's crazy. London needs to reclaim it's streets no matter what area.
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😓 Savages Esas personas que creen que lo saben todo son una verdadera molestia para aquellos que de verdad lo sabemos todo. Bring back public punishment. They should stop watching facebook. And fear being hijacked more, basically. Trade ya. Signed America. If the law was you get 25yrs In prison for just carrying a knife , you do minimum 25yrs before release Knife crime and murder by knives drops within a week by 90%
What are you doing about THIS SadiqKhan oh yeah campaigning for more charges that drivers, small businesses and charities will have to pay to drive in London and appearing on TV criticising Boris Johnson. Do your actual job or does it have to get worse! Fear is conditioned into us from young age.. «Το καλό με την επιστήμη είναι ότι είναι αλήθεια είτε πιστεύεις είτε όχι σε αυτήν. – Νιλ ντ ξ Γκράς Τάισον
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SadiqKhan is more worried about charging vehicle drivers than worrying about knife crime Any studies on why this is happening? 12 years of elite enrichment and austerity for everyone else produce a sick society. '...as I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see 'the River Tiber foaming with much blood'...'.
Of the 30 teenage stabbing homicides in 2021, how many victims/perpetrators were white? Labourlegacy KhansLegacy anyone , whatever their age , needs to be alert everyone should fear being stabbed, it's not very nice
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Knife crime Image caption, Jermaine Cools, 14, pictured here with his mother Lorraine, was the 27th teenager to be stabbed to death in London last year London set an unwelcome new record of 30 teenage stabbing homicides in 2021, while a third of all of England's stabbing deaths are reported by the Metropolitan Police. The picture in the capital is bleak: fearful for their safety, more children are carrying knives, community workers say. Some pupils are so afraid of being attacked they are being shuttled to school by taxi. What can be done to save young people's lives in 2022? Image caption, Activist Tilisha Goupall: "Thirty young people died last year, which is a whole classroom" At recent crisis talks the BBC attended with police, youth workers and school leaders, community activist Tilisha Goupall recounted the traumatic story of watching her 15-year-old brother Jermaine die on the pavement in front of her. Since his death in 2017 she's worked to try to prevent similar tragedies. She explained that when she asked a group of children about to start at secondary school what they were most afraid of, "100% of them, all primary school children, said they were [most] scared of being stabbed". Speaking of the trauma some of these 10 and 11-year-olds have experienced, Ms Goupall said: "Thirty young people died last year, which is a whole classroom." For the community worker, the way to tackle the issue of knife-carrying is to let campaigners like her into schools to speak to pupils. She said that by telling young people how her brother bled to death, it meant they could relate to the tragedy and, she hopes, will be less likely to carry a knife. "We try to sugar-coat it but they are already exposed to all this, so we shouldn't sugar-coat it any more." Image source, Metropolitan Police Image caption, Zaian Aimable-Lina, 15, was killed in Croydon on 30 December - and still was not the last teenage homicide victim of 2021 One of those present at the talks in Croydon, a south London borough where five teenagers were stabbed to death last year, was the principal of Oasis Academy, Saqib Chaudhri. He has long had reservations about letting activists into his school but said he had changed his mind following the deaths of two of his students in 2021, because he currently felt "powerless". "I [previously] refused to allow the streets of Croydon into my corridors because I wanted my corridors to feel like a safe space," he said. "I'm looking at it differently now - I'm thinking how can I get the streets and the community into my school? "The borough needs to come into every single school for the times the school can't be there." 'He said he would stab me in my face' Image source, Getty Images "Knife crime is crazy since the summer," according to Aaron Nzita, 19, who explained how he was mugged at knifepoint in September. Mr Nzita, who works in community engagement, was at a cash machine on Croydon's London Road when he was approached from behind and shoved over a knee-high wall by a teenager. "This young guy just pushed me over the wall, grabbed me, and said he would stab me in my face if I didn't give him all my money," he said. "It was really nerve-wracking - I thought I was going to end up in hospital." Luckily, two passers-by approached and the would-be mugger fled. On patrol with the PCs trying to make Croydon safer "Knife crime right now has got everybody on the edge of their seats," Mr Nzita added. "My mum is not letting my little brother out - it just needs to stop. "Some kids before didn't want to speak to police at all, but now they're frightened so they want to speak to police." Mr Nzita said he knew of children who carried a knife "just in case". "Most of these kids are not going to stab someone to kill them, they are just trying to protect themselves and make a statement." Image caption, Police officers on patrol are a common sight on Croydon's London Road Wayne Lindsay, who was also at the meeting at the Croydon Voluntary Action base, is the co-founder of P4YE, a group that supports young people and families in south London. He said many children felt they could be targeted just for being in the "wrong postcode" and that he knew of various academies calling cabs and minibuses for students who were too scared to walk or take the bus to school. "It's heart-breaking because it's become more and more common," he said. "I hear it all the time." However, Mr Lindsay said his organisation was struggling to get access to classrooms to speak to these high-risk children, despite knife possession being an issue in "every school". He said: "I lost my cousin two years ago so I'd like to be able to go in and support schools - the police can go into schools very easily but it's having people from the community like us that makes the biggest difference. "The impact is felt by us in the community, and some of the teachers are not necessarily from the community they're teaching in, so sometimes they don't see the problem." Image source, Image caption, Croydon is one of the parts of London worst affected by knife crime United by a sense of desperation, it seemed that teachers, community workers - and, significantly, also the police officers present at the meeting - agreed about the need for a change of tack. Ch Insp Craig Knight said that as far as he was concerned, the activists were "pushing at an open door" to work with schoolchildren, because "we have to do more". His colleague, Insp Kathy Morteo, said police should no longer be "standing in front of children that don't necessarily look like them, trying to tell them what they should and should not be doing". Stop-and-search focus blamed for knife crime rise And as Ch Insp Craig Knight pointed out, the need for change is urgent. "In my personal opinion I think the police are doing nothing but keeping a lid on a what is a boiling cauldron", he said. "We have to better understand it so we can turn the heat down on that boiling cauldron." Follow BBC London on