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Minute’s applause for murdered Lewis Blackman at his former school

Staff and pupils stand united against knife crime on sports pitch at 19-year-old's former school

23 February, 2018 — By Richard Osley

THEY stood united for a friend, they stood united against knife crime.

This was the scene on the sports pitch at Acland Burghley Secondary School yesterday (Thursday) as pupils and staff clapped a minute’s applause for Lewis Blackman, the 19-year-old killed in a knife attack in west London on Sunday.

Footage shared by Acland Burghley School on social media

Mr Blackman, an aspiring rapper and talented rugby player, was described by a former teacher at his old school as “full of potential”, and “funny, polite and sweet natured.”

“This awful killing shows the horrors of knife crime,” said the school’s head of media studies, Mayo Ogunlabi. “Our community was touched again by knife crime killings again earlier this week. Carrying a knife can only lead to disaster for everyone involved. Lewis’s family is now permanently changed. Lewis didn’t get a chance to fully grow up and we are all left in shock and sadness.”

Lewis Blackman

Mr Blackman, known to his friends as ‘Dotz’, finished his A-Level studies at the school last summer.

“He had just begun his life,” said Ms Ogunlabi. “Our thoughts and our prayers are with his family and closest friends at this time. This is a terrible, terrible waste of such a young life.”

Headteacher Nicholas John said the minute’s applause was both a tribute to Mr Blackman, and “our active protest against knife crime”.

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