We were delighted to welcome Byron Highton, founder of The JJ Effect, to school on Thursday 19th May 2022 to deliver an anti-knife crime presentation.

The JJ Effect is an award winning, anti-knife crime charity which seeks to educate young people on carrying weapons. The charity was set up by Byron in response to his own experience of knife crime after his 18-year-old brother Jon-Jo, known as JJ, was tragically stabbed to death in 2014 by a gang of men. Since then, Byron has been commended for his work delivering anti-knife crime presentations in schools, youth services and prisons across the UK. He also runs the JJ Effect youth support programme at Smart Fit in Preston and runs home interventions, safely removing knives from young people.

Packed full of information, Byron’s powerful presentation talked about the realities of knife crime and the consequences for the victim, victim’s family and perpetrators. Combining short videos with role play, the law and the facts, Byron’s hard-hitting presentation equipped pupils with essential knowledge and skills.

Many thanks to Byron for coming in to school to talk about his own experience of knife crime and deliver this valuable lesson to pupils and staff.