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Pupils join in knife crime role play; Weekend.

STUDENTS came face-to-face with the devastating effects of carrying weapons in a realistic knife crime role play.

The year nine pupils at Honley High School were some of the first to take part in re-enactments by theatre group The Riot Act.

The project, funded by Victim Support, aims to show youngsters that whether they are a victim, a witness or a knife carrier, there are places to turn for help.

Co-founder of the Riot Act, Ellen Casey, said: "Too often the media hype surrounding knife crime can escalate the problem and according to research, young people often carry knives not to harm others but because of the false sense of protection it gives them.

"Fact is, a lot of knife crime victims are stabbed with the knife they carry themselves and we want to show young people that there are more effective ways of keeping themselves and their friends safe from harm."

The Shepley based company, formed following the collapse of CragRats, is set to perform the show to students across West Yorkshire.

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DON'T BE A VICTIM: Honley High School year nine pupils, Robbie Peto (centre left) and Sally Slingsby (centre right) with actors from The Riot Act (left to right), Bryony Taylor, Mark Godfrey and Craig Warburton who performed a knife awareness performance 'For Marcus' (AC220909Driot-02.jpg)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 28, 2009
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