Consequences of a life of crime

George Pindar students taking part in the role play from left, Elliott Beanland, Peter Mason, Charlie Baker, Amy-Lou Forrester and Rosie Jones.
George Pindar students taking part in the role play from left, Elliott Beanland, Peter Mason, Charlie Baker, Amy-Lou Forrester and Rosie Jones.
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On Friday November 13, Year eight and nine students from George Pindar school took part in a crime and safety awareness day called ‘Prison? Me? No Way!’

Students participated in a variety of workshops that aimed to raise awareness among young people about the causes, consequences, penalties and impact of crime.

Representatives from the Police, Fire Service and Prison Service gave engaging and valuable presentations, many with hard-hitting facts emphasising the consequences of making the wrong choices in life.

Our students had the opportunity to see the reality of prison, going inside a mobile cell and agreeing that it’s not as comfortable and spacious as you see in the films.

A popular workshop was learning about the impact of anti-social behaviour, as students became police officers or distraught members of the public confronted with unruly behaviour in a realistic street scene.

For many, the message about making the wrong choices became very clear when speaking to someone who had been imprisoned – his message about taking responsibility for your own actions and not following a crowd really hit home.

Staff from the ‘Prison? Me? No Way!’ Trust were impressed with our students and their level of engagement, calling them “brilliant”.

Student Amy-Lou Forrester said: “It was epic! I found out a lot that I didn’t know.”