BBC School Report
Heathcote School & Science College will be taking part in the BBC School Report journalism project this year. We are proud to release our first article, researched and written by a team of Year 9 reporters, and will be following this with regular articles and news footage. Check back soon!
VIOLENT CRIME IN LONDON: THE PERSPECTIVES OF YOUNGSTERS
By a team of Heathcote Year 9 BBC School Reporters, 1st May 2018
Knife crime has increased drastically in London over the past 4 months. The majority of the victims are aged between 14 and 17.
As of April 2018, 62 people were killed and 32 injured all across London, compared with 80 in the whole of 2017. The suspects of these dramatic crimes were not just adults, they were also school teenagers.
Not everyone is fazed by this. An anonymous teen revealed: "When I am out, I feel safe. I have not been affected by this [the increase in violent crime]."
Yet many other young people have become uneasy in the face of this looming threat over the city of London. Jack (aged 14 of Chingford) shared his fear that “many teenagers feel they have to carry a blade of their own out of the fear of their life being taken. This behaviour influences the paranoia of people to the point where they may act irrationally and without thought in their actions.” Patrick (aged 14, also of Chingford) stated that “I constantly feel as if I have to look over my shoulder when walking around London. People who aren’t even involved are being killed due to things that have nothing to do with them”.
Schools and teachers within the capital are talking to young people about these crimes, as well as discouraging young people from carrying knives and walking home alone at night.
For more information on Heathcote's BBC School Report project and how you can contribute, please see Ms Gasper.