Highfields welcomed a Police Community Support Officer to deliver assemblies to students about the dangers of carrying knives as part of the school's support for a new anti-knife crime campaign by West Midlands Police.
The visits came after West Midlands Police issued guidance to parents and students in light of recent knife incidents in Wolverhampton.
Police have released an awareness-raising poster campaign (opposite) amid a rise in knife crime in the West Midlands as they pleaded with parents to ‘have a conversation’ with their children about the dangers of carrying knives.
Headteacher, Mr G Tate, said: “As I am sure you are aware, there has been growing concern both locally and nationally regarding the number of knife-related crimes committed by teenagers and young people. We, alongside other secondary schools in Wolverhampton, are supporting West Midlands Police in an awareness-raising campaign to highlight the dangers of carrying a knife.
"As part of this campaign, assemblies have been held to highlight the risks associated with these dangerous weapons. The assemblies have been delivered by local Police and Community Support Officers and Highfields staff.
"We have also been asked by the Police to distribute this letter to parents/carers giving an overview of the warning signs that your child or a friend of theirs may exhibit if they are at risk of being involved in knife crime or gang activity. It also details sources of support available to parents/carers. I hope that both you and your child find these resources useful in helping to keep them informed of the dangers of knife crime and gang involvement. As you know, the school takes the safety of its students very seriously and we have a range of Safeguarding information on the website in the About section.
"If you have any questions or would like any further information about the school’s work in this important area please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of School."
Please click on the image below to open the full Home Office leaflet for parents regarding the dangers of carrying knives