Cllr. John Howson, the Thames Valley Lib Dem Police and Crime Commissioner candidate, has welcomed the news that Milton Keynes youngsters are to make films to help persuade other young people to dump knives. The project works with young people to teach them filmmaking skills and produce short films that can have serious messages designed to encourage thought and change.
Funded by L&Q Foundation, Junior Filmmakers will work with fifty young people from primary and secondary schools to produce five films with the theme ‘Knives ruin Lives’. Once the films are completed they will be premiered to community leaders, schools and also toured to school assemblies. The film screenings in school assemblies will be accompanied by talks from police, experts, and people impacted by knife crime.
Cllr John Howson, Lib Dem candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in Thames Valley, is supporting the initiative. John said, "As a victim of a stabbing when I was a teacher, I know that we must do everything to reduce violence, and educating young people is an important way of increasing both the understanding of the effects of knife crime and helping to deter young people from carrying knives."
Cllr Howson added "long prison sentences for knife crime are sometimes sadly necessary, but there is little evidence that they deter others from carrying knives. They are also expensive, so reducing knife crime and tackling the causes is a much better use of scarce resources. I welcome this project and hope that it can be rolled out beyond just Milton Keynes."