A MOTHER whose son was stabbed to death was one of several powerful speakers to address Rowley Regis schoolchildren about the dangers of knife crime.

St Michael's Church of England High School, on Curral Road, recently hosted an event focussing on tackling knife crime and youth violence in general.

Alison Cope - whose son Joshua Ribera was stabbed to death in a Birmingham nightclub in 2013 - was among the guest speakers.

Representatives from West Midlands Police and ex-gang member Aaron Jarvis also spoke at the event which was attended by almost 300 people.

Young people attended a number of workshops including first aid with STS Medics and self-defence from Tividale Shotokan Karate Club.

Parents, students, community groups and representatives from other local schools are among the people on hand.

Kerry Whitehouse, St Michael’s school engagement lead, said: “We were overwhelmed with the response to our most recent event and feel reassured that we have the support of so many young people, parents and community partners.

"The presentations by key speakers were incredibly powerful and we cannot thank them enough for sharing their personal experiences in a bid to raise awareness and help others. We are already planning our next event."

Lydia Dunne, 21st Century Child project lead, said: “Young people are facing a range of issues on a daily basis and youth violence has become a real concern for youngsters and parents both nationally and locally.

"The event was a great opportunity for partners and families to come together to help tackle youth violence and knife crime together.”