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It can have an impact on everyone, not just people in gangs. Innocent people, can get caught up in the middle of arguments and end up hurt.
If it is for your own protection or you are carrying it for someone else - you will be arrested and prosecuted. Self-protection is not a reasonable excuse for carrying a knife.
Get stabbed in the heart and you can lose all of your blood in one minute. But a wound in the arm or the leg can still kill too. Young people have died from wounds to the leg!
It is never too late to change, and ask for help. Your life matters, put yourself first and ask for help today.
Even if you didn’t mean to kill, or just wanted to scare them you could still end up serving a life sentence.
It’s never too late to make a positive change in your life. Carrying a knife will get you into more dangerous situations than it will ever protect you from.
You can be the one who makes the difference. Friends, family, teachers and other trusted adults are an important influence on a young person. It might be a difficult conversation but it will show you care and that there is help available.
Why not try using our 10 step guide.