One Punch Can Kill Campaign
An anti-violence campaign which has been rolled out across schools in Norfolk has been such a success Norfolk Constabulary’s Chief Constable has pledged to back it for a second year.
The hard hitting "One Punch Can Kill” presentation has been delivered to every Year 9 student at 48 schools across the county since it was launched in September 2015.
The program was started and is presented by Ann Bartlett, the mother of a serviceman who was killed by one punch following a fight in a Portsmouth pub.
The purpose of the presentations have been to alert young people of the dangers of fighting and the potential for serious consequences, thereby reducing violent crime in schools or involving young people outside of school.
Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey paid tribute to Ann on her final day of presentations at the CNS in Norwich on Thursday 24 February.
"I am delighted Ann has chosen to work with Norfolk Constabulary to deliver this important message and we will be supporting further presentations across the county in the future.”
Ann says she is overwhelmed with response she has received in Norfolk: "Before I started I didn’t realise how impactive the presentations would be. Whilst they are emotionally draining, they are worthwhile and I feel like I am really making a difference.
"For me it’s about raising awareness and educating young people about mindless violence whilst keeping Kyle’s name alive.
"I’m extremely grateful to Norfolk Constabulary and the Safer Schools Partnership for supporting me through the whole journey. I am overwhelmed by the Chief Constable’s response to the project and his commitment to funding further presentations in the future.
"I am hoping other police forces across the country will see the success I have had in Norfolk and for this to be a nationwide programme in the future.”