Some people carry a knife because they think everyone else is. This isn’t the case; 99 percent of young people in the UK don’t carry a knife.
Some people think carrying a knife will provide protection. This isn’t the case; statistics show that if you carry a knife you are more likely to end up being hurt. Your knife might even end up being used on you.
Some people think they will be respected or feared for carrying a weapon. All it really does is put you and your friends in danger.
These are the potential consequences of carrying a knife:
It is illegal
It increase your risk of being injured
It increases the risk of those around you being injured
Police are allowed to stop and search you if they believe you are carrying a weapon
Having a criminal record could stop you gaining entry to your chosen college or university, getting a job or travelling to some countries such as the USA
You could go to jail for up to four years for possession of a knife, even if you are carrying it for someone else
In the worst case scenario you could go to prison for life for murder
Remember, if you don’t take it with you, it won’t get used.
Who can you talk to?
If you are worried and want help to keep yourself safe, you can contact the following organisations:
Childline counsellors can support young people 24 hours a day, you can call them on 0800 1111.