'Teach pupils about knives in maths', charity suggests
Children could study knife crime statistics in maths and learn about stab wounds in science.
Lessons about the dangers of knives could be included in maths and science classes, a charity has suggested.
Pupils could study knife crime statistics in maths, learn about stab wounds in science and explore social issues in drama class, according to Youthlink Scotland.
The Scottish Government-funded charity, which runs the No Knives, Better Lives campaign, said educators should take a "whole-school approach" to knife crime.
Youthlink said the it had experienced success with anti-knife crime themed five-a-side tournaments.
'The analysis of statistics related to knife crime is an interesting way to bring statistics to life.'Youthlink Scotland
In a new report, it warns: "Limiting prevention work to those pupils who may be considered more at risk limits the impact that prevention work can have in relation to positive peer influence and changing peer group norms.
"It is important that all pupils are aware of the risks and consequences associated with carrying a knife."
But it acknowledges: "There is no one model for incorporating knife prevention work into the school curriculum and schools will want to tailor the approach they take."
Violent crime is at a 42-year-old low in Scotland and the number of people convicted of handling an offensive weapon has fallen more than 80% in the last decade.
However, Youthlink noted very few incidents of knife carrying are reported to police and cautioned that conviction rates do not necessarily reflect reality.