We hear all the time about young people, mainly teenagers, getting stabbed in cities across the UK. According to The Sun, stabbings in the capital have risen 16 per cent in 2018. There were 272 fatal stabbings and more than 1,800 reported attacks from January to November 2018 according to the anti-knife crime campaign group 'Anti-Knife UK'. The scariest figures show that 54 of the 272 victims failed to reach their 21st birthday, with 17 of the victims being aged 16 or under.
So, with these statistics in mind I started wondering about why so many young people end up carrying knives. I think some of them carry a blade because they are scared and think they need it for protection.
Awez Khan, a 17 year old Birmingham representative for the youth parliament, who had a close friend who had been stabbed explained: “I know a lot of people who carry knives. A lot of it is paranoia and fear for their life. They don’t know who or what type of person is coming after them, they don’t know when they might die and they have to defend themselves. It’s a kill-or-be-killed situation. And then there are other people who carry them to make trouble. I’ve been attacked many times and I know if I see the wrong person I could end up being in a coffin.”
Why do you think teens carry knives around, and do you think it is ever justified?