Jessica Singleton whose brother died from stab wounds is determined to put a stop to knife crime. Jessica is passionate about stopping young people from carrying knives.
Jessica's brother, Lewis, died after he was stabbed in Southampton in March, 2007; only 18 years old. ITV Fixers helped Jessica and her team of other young people from the Woolston Youth Project create some hard-hitting posters and fliers.
The group designed the graphics and ITV Fixers turned their ideas into designs that get their message across loud and clear: “Knives ruin lives.” Jessica said: “The designs look really smart. Fixers took our ideas and brought them all together.” Knife crime has been hitting the headlines this year, and the group are determined to get the message across that knives ruin lives.In the UK, 23 people under the age of 20 were killed by a knife or sharp object between July 2008 and March 2009.
Jessica said: “We want to make people that do carry knives feel guilty and realise that they’re not cool. We want to make people aware of what can happen if you do carry a knife.“And we want to get people who don’t carry knives to support us.” The posters were displayed at the K2 Urban Youth Festival in Southampton. Jessica and her team of Fixers manned a stall, handing out their fliers and talking to young people about the dangers of carrying knives.
Jessica plans to take the posters to other youth groups to gain support for their campaign.