‘Teach pupils about knives in maths’, charity suggests

Lessons about the dangers of knives could be included in maths and science classes, a charity has suggested. STV News reports.

Pupils could study knife crime statistics in maths, learn about stab wounds in science and explore social issues in drama class, according to Youthlink Scotland.

The Scottish Government-funded charity, which runs the No Knives, Better Lives campaign, said educators should take a “whole-school approach” to knife crime.

Youthlink said the it had experienced success with anti-knife crime themed five-a-side tournaments.

In a new report, it warns: “Limiting prevention work to those pupils who may be considered more at risk limits the impact that prevention work can have in relation to positive peer influence and changing peer group norms.”

Violent crime is at a 42-year-old low in Scotland and the number of people convicted of handling an offensive weapon has fallen more than 80% in the last decade.

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