Any move to cut knife crime is good
STATISTICS can be made to prove anything, the art is knowing how to present them. I read with interest that doctors are calling for schools to stagger their finishing times to tackle a rise in violent attacks on school children including stabbings.
The idea does have a ring of plausibility about it, however I note that the researchers led by doctors at Barts Health NHS Trust in London, including experts from London Ambulance Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service, only cover a segment of the whole country which presumably the results are not a representative sample of the whole country?
The report by the wellrespected BMJ Open Medical Journal stated that medical records of under 25s treated for stab wounds in London found there was a ‘ significant peak’ in attacks on under 16s between 4pm and 6pm.
That would suggest to me that some school children are taking knives into school. That said, I do not wish to be seen as negative, but surely staggering the finishing hours of schools between 4pm and 6pm would not give enough latitude for the dispersal of school children and would not be very popular with parents, in particular at schools where finishing hours would be at 6pm.
Anything is better than nothing in an effort to eradicate knife crime, but I think that a zero tolerance should be introduced in all schools even to the extent of searching school children and the introduction of knife detection systems. Mike Butler, Wylde Green