Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Senseless killings

I live in East London, (the nice part obviously) If you hear the words East London, what springs to mind? The Olympics? or what we are fast becoming famous for? The senseless stabbings and murder of our teens.

It has just been announced that a 16 year old boy who was stabbed in East London on Sunday has died from his injuries. This happened just two roads from where I live.

We can all shake our heads and say how sorry we are this is happening but when it happens so close to home maybe it is time we all stood up and asked WHY is this happening?

Why has another mother lost her son? a father his child, a family one of their own. We read about this happening every day, it seems as though we are almost becoming jaded by it. Another teenage stabbing? sigh and then we move on.

14 teenagers have already been murdered so far this year!!!

That is 14 too many.

I see the mother of Adam Regis every day, Adam was murdered in March 2007, stabbed to death locally in East London-His murder has never been solved. I see the pain etched in her face as she tries to come to terms with her sons murder. She never will.


So what is the answer? How do we stop children killing children? I don't have the answers, I wish I did, I have 3 children, one of which is going to hit her teenage years soon. Do I move? Do I stay? Violence is everywhere. I don't think that you can ever escape it.

I do think there should be a heavier sentence for knife crime and even carrying a knife. We hear about the terrible murders of teenagers across the country every day, but how many children are stabbed and live to tell the tale? We never hear about them. Do they then seek to take revenge or do they put down their knives not wishing to do to others what has been done to them?

Something has to be done to stop these senseless killings.

The pavements in East london are stained with childrens blood, and mothers tears.


Big Fashionista x x


http://www.droptheweapons.org/ is a new website from the Metropolitan Police to show people how to turn away from violent crime.


If you have any information on the murder of Adam Regis and feel unable to contact the police, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
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9 comments

  1. I think it's a worry and it's horrific.

    Carrying knives do not carry a big enough deterrent.

    Carry the weapon - do the crime - do the time.

    We have to instil self-esteem in our kids that is not derived from being the 'big man'.

    Heartbreaking.

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  2. So sad to hear this. I remember once having to walk past a crime scene outside of Lidl’s. The blood was still on the ground, along with the little flags that the police put next to evidence. It was like a scene from CSI.

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  3. Well said. I don't have any answers but I just don't understand how this has happened and how this keeps happening. As far as your daughter and moving away - I don't know - that's a really serious decision to have to make. I know you'll do what's right though.

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  4. Everytime I hear about a stabbing, I feel the same upset you do. It's scary how many stabbings there have been this year alone. I gave a talk at the end of 2008 on Knife Crime and it worries me that 18 months on from that, the figures of knife crime are RISING. It seems as if we are becoming immune to hearing about this on the news. It seems like it's happening to 'other people's children' but when will take action? When it comes knocking at our own door? It's too late then. We need our government to send youth workers into schools, our youngsters need organised activities they can attend after school. We need more youth workers who actually know what is going on and can relate to our youths to tackle the real problems. How we all can get involved is by supporting them, lobbying our own local MPs to do something about it in our own area - reminding them why we voted for them. This must STOP. It's already claimed too many lives.

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  5. This is a great blog post. We do need to make a stand as something needs to be done to stop these senseless killings.
    When are the teenagers in gangs ever going to learn the impact these crimes have on their victims families and to the people living in the community?
    Hopefully the new government can sort this mess out
    xxx

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  7. These stories always break my heart. I don't understand why it happens, but I do know it doesn't need to. I love living in the UK, but admittedly I will probably raise my kids in NZ, where I'm from... there is less knife crime there. But there is still crime and violence there... and everywhere. All we can do is to not let it stop us living our lives... and if there is anything we can do to try and stop these crimes happening, then we all must work together at it. If only there was a clear answer?.... x

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  8. I don't think there are any easy answers. I feel so sad at the thought of another life lost and another family grieving.

    Firstly, I think we need children and young people to be held accountable (I want to say punished but it sounds like a dirty word) for their actions. I'm tired of hearing how hard done by the youth of today are and what a terrible life they've had. Lots of young people experience a difficult upbringing & family lives, not all of them turn to violence and crime.

    Parallel to this, we need to start supporting children and young people to have some sense of self worth and recognise that their lives and the lives of others have value. We all have a part to play in this as parents and professionals.

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  9. Thank you for all your comments. Blogger was playing up yesterday so your comments hadn't come through properly until this morning.

    I will take the time to read them all as this is a very important subject.

    Thank you for reading

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