Dear Parents/Carers

 

Police and schools in the city are committed to working together to protect our young people from becoming victims of knife and weapons crime.

 

We use a range of tactics including educational inputs and in-school searches to ensure that students are well-informed about the consequences of carrying weapons, and identify those that continue to do so.

 

It is important that the police, schools and families work together to protect young people.  To do this, parents must be aware of the warning signs and talk to children about carrying weapons. The consequences of being found in possession of a knife are serious and long lasting, affecting education, employment and travel opportunities, but most crucially, life.

 

Some young people carry weapons because they feel it will provide protection or increase the respect they are given by their friends, but the sad fact is that they are more likely to become victims of serious violence.

Parents should also be aware that girls sometimes carry or store weapons for their boyfriends or other male friends because they believe they are less likely to be stopped by the police. Their reasons are often misguided loyalty or love, but it is still a crime if they are caught carrying a knife or other weapon.

 

WARNING SIGNS

These signs don’t always mean the worst is happening and could just be normal teenage behaviour:

  1. Have they become withdrawn from the family and/or school?
  2. Is their school or college reporting worrying changes in behaviour, academic achievement or attendance?
  3. Have they lost interest in positive activities such as sports clubs?
  4. Do they stay out unusually late without giving a reason and are vague about their whereabouts?
  5. Have they stopped seeing old friends and started hanging out with a new group?
  6. Are they secretive about the contents of their bag?
  7. Are they defensive if you ask what is in their possession or if they are hiding anything?
  8. Has their attitude changed about carrying knives/weapons? For example, justifying it by saying people carry them for self-defence?
  9. Have any items gone missing from the kitchen, tool box or garage?
  10. Have you found a weapon hidden amongst their possessions?

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE CONCERNED

Speak to them calmly and explain the risks and consequences. Further advice on talking to your child is available at:

www.noknivesbetterlives.com/parents/having-the-conversation

 

You may wish to contact a member of the Edge Academy Pastoral Team at school if you feel your child isn’t listening or is at risk.  We can talk through your concerns and plan a way forward together.

 

If you or your child are aware that other young people in school or the community are carrying knives or weapons, you should contact the police directly via 101.  Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 

If a crime is taking place or a life is in danger, call 999 immediately.

 

 

 

SCHOOL POLICY FOR WEAPONS POSSESSION

It is essential that we work together to reduce the chances of children bringing a weapon to school.  The Edge Academy, like most other schools, will take firm action in relation to any student found to be carrying a knife, both on and off the school premises, and the police will be informed.  This may include the use of permanent exclusion as a sanction.

 

THE POLICE RESPONSE TO WEAPONS POSSESSION

Where young people are involved in crime, the police will try to avoid criminalising them; however, carrying a knife or other weapon is very serious and the most likely result will be a charge and court appearance or a caution delivered by the Youth Offending Service.

 

If you would like to discuss this issue in more detail, please contact the school.

 

Yours faithfully,

 
  John Denley

Chief Superintendent

West Midlands Police

Kenny Bell

Chief Superintendent

West Midlands Police

 

 

Jane Chan

Headteacher

Bartley Green School

Simon Franks

Headteacher

Turves Green Boys School

Chris Martin

Principal

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Bernadette Pryzbek

Headteacher

Kings Heath Boys

Rebecca Elcocks

Principal

Four Dwellings Academy

Debbie James

Headteacher

Swanshurst School

Julie Ann Davies

Headteacher

Hillcrest School

Damian McGarvey

Headteacher

Balaam Wood School

Mike Dunn

Headteacher

Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School

Anthony Hamilton

Headmaster

George Dixon Academy

Andrew Lomas

Headteacher

Hunters Hill College

Jo Cottle

Head of School

Bournville School

Anna-Marie Wood

Faculty Head, Higher Education & Academic Studies

Bournville College

Jane Gotschel

Headteacher

Lordswood Girls’ School

Chris Field

Headteacher

Selly Oak Trust School

Lee Williams

Head of School

Lordswood Boys’ School

Roger Punton

Principal

Ark Kings Academy

Colin Townsend

Principal

University of Birmingham School

 

Andrew Wakefield

Principals

The Edge Academy

Neil Jones

Headteacher

Turves Green Girls’ School

Emma Leaman

Headteacher

Colmers School

Jessie Elbaz

Headteacher

Harborne Academy

Nicola Raggett

Headteacher

Kings Norton Girls’ School

Dave Clayton

Headteacher

Kings Norton Boys’ School

Lisa Darwood

Headteacher

Selly Park Girls’ School

 

One Comment

  1. Julia Hone 13th March 2019 at 8:03 pm

    These are challenging, heartbreaking times. Alternatives to violence, gang affiliation & other criminal activity need to be put in place/increased. Council/Gov must provide funding for after schl classes on music, mechanics, art, sports, self defence etc. It is encouraging to see so many in positions of influence standing together to educate, protect & equip our children.

     

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