‘Just don’t forget your Rambo knife, son’
THE spate of stabbings in London is leading to teenagers taking desperate measures because they fear police cannot protect them, a youth worker said yesterday.
He told how he witnessed the mother of one teenager passing him a ‘Rambo knife’ to protect himself as he left the house.
The youth worker – who has asked to remain anonymous – told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I was going to pick up one of the young kids I mentor and as he walked out his door his mum said “Don’t forget this”, and gave him a JD Sports bag with a Rambo in it.
‘I was gobsmacked. I spoke to him about it and he said that it’s part of his reality because the police cannot guarantee his safety. I spoke to the mum and she had tears in her eyes. She is terrified for her son’s safety but she sees the knife as making him safer.
‘Young people see a knife as offering protection – if someone comes for them and they pull out a knife then it might make the other person run away.’
He added: ‘Many young people at the moment are morally bankrupt. They have become desensitised to killing and believe that if you are not prepared to stab someone then you are vulnerable. I have heard kids accusing others of being weak because they only stabbed someone once – they perceive them as soft because they didn’t stab them several times and kill them.
‘I know ten-year-olds now who are walking around with machetes.’
Former gang member Sheldon Thomas, founder of London-based Gangsline, is not surprised that parents are telling the children to arm themselves. He said: ‘We have a problem in the black community with fatherless children.
‘These youngsters have no positive role models and everyone needs to stop turning a blind eye to the issue. It has been happening for years and it’s only when it’s too late that politicians want to do something about it.’