COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Bridge House Trust explores children's culture of weapons

The Bridge House Trust has allocated £15,000 to a research project analysing the suspected rise in weapons use among children.

The study will attempt to identify the triggers for events such as the fatal stabbing of a Lincolnshire pupil in his school playground.

Clare Thomas, chief grants officer at the trust, said: "This work will give us an understanding of the kinds of approaches and initiatives that need to be supported to challenge young people's behaviour in carrying weapons."

The research will examine whether the use of weapons is growing among eight to 14 year-olds; whether weapons are used in self-defence, to attack, or carried as status symbols, and investigate the mindset that makes young people willing to get involved in gangs and carry weapons.

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