Frank MacKay works with disadvantaged youths in Dundee and across Scotland and has witnessed himself first-hand the devastation knives can have on people’s lives.
As a father, Frank knows the importance of educating young people in making the right choices, encouraging his son, now in his twenties and others not to carry a knife and instead get involved in positive activities.
Frank said: “My involvement with youth work in disadvantaged areas and growing up in London, I have seen enough violence to know that it’s a real problem amongst young people.
“I have a good relationship with my son; we can talk about most things. As he has grown up we have discussed what pressures he might face or situations he might find himself in on the street and hanging out with friends.
“Young men, my son included, can get into scrapes – it’s part of growing up. Unfortunately he came home, aged 17, to say he had been threatened with a knife. He was full of bravado and anger, but I explained to him to take a step back and think. What would be the consequences of carrying a knife and getting revenge, not just to himself, but to his family and friends?
“Parents have an important role to play in discussing the consequences of carrying a knife, highlighting both the physical and emotional consequences of knife crime, but also the benefits of taking responsibility and choosing not to.
“Since my son was threatened with a knife, he has moved on with his life making positive choices and pursuing a career in music. I’m glad to have been able to discuss knife crime with him, allowing him to make responsible decisions and stay safe.”
Parents have an important role to play in discussing the consequences of carrying a knife, highlighting both the physical and emotional consequences of knife crime, but also the benefits of taking responsibility and choosing not to.
Read how parents across Scotland cope with knife crime and its effects.
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