Banner of peace for killed teenager

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A banner of handprints to symbolise peace has been produced by students and staff at Saint John Houghton CVA following a talk by parents of a schoolboy who was murdered.

The whole academy is being encouraged to place their handprint on to a banner which will be sent to the parents of Jimmy Mizen, who was killed in London.

His parents, Barry and Margaret, visited the school, in Kirk Hallam, earlier this year to talk about their ordeal during a special assembly.

Their son, Jimmy, was killed the day after his 16th birthday when he was attacked in a bakery.

During their visit, Mr and Mrs Mizen asked students to make the banner full of handprints to symbolise a pledge for peace.

Rachel Rose, chaplain at Saint John Houghton CVA, said everyone was keen to add their handprint.

She said: “We are working with the Jimmy Mizen Foundation and the Ilkeston community to bring peace.

“Earlier in the academic school year Mr and Mrs Mizen visited our school and told us how their son, Jimmy, was murdered in an act of street violence.

“We know that we all have a personal responsibility. Jimmy’s legacy is not one of anger, vengeance or fear but one of hope and 

“We want to change attitudes for the better by getting a message of peace and reconciliation out to young people in our local community.”