The alarming news follows BBC Reporting Scotland’s exclusive report on the alarming spread of knife crime to Scotland’s schools.
Repeated on Reporting Scotland yesterday:
‘A 10 year-old boy’s been referred to the Children’s Reporter after a knife was found at a school in South Ayrshire….It followed reports a child was seen with a knife outside the campus. No one was injured.’
News, especially that from the state broadcaster should be usefully informative so as to enable audiences to judge the importance of the event reported, in terms of their daily lives, and to enable a rational reaction to it. This report was lacking in the information that parents, in particular, would need to possess to enable them to react appropriately to the potential threat to their own children, going to school that day. In the absence of that kind of information might Reporting Scotland, like the Sun, be inducing panic in understandably anxious parents?
Here’s the kind of information, context, widely available which a responsible news agency should provide.
Knife Crime in Scotland:
‘The results so far have been dramatic. Between April 2006 and April 2011, 40 children and teenagers were killed in homicides involving a knife in Scotland; between 2011 and 2016, that figure fell to just eight.’
No one under the age of 20 in Scotland was killed with a sharp instrument in 2016/17.
Offensive weapon carrying in Scotland has been reduced by 64%.in the last ten years.
As actual murder by knife soars across England, is BBC Reporting Scotland desperately seeking evidence to remind Scots that their wee country, characterised by falling crime, remains no different from their neighbour in that ‘cherished union?’
Reporting knife crime, any knife crime, in Scotland?