Any move to cut knife crime is good

Solihull News - - LETTERS & EMAILS -

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

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