Youngsters support anti-violence campaign

Schools Challenge: Kettering Science Academy taking part in 'Schools Challenge' The anti violence campaign Year 9's  l-r Danielle Maxwell, 13, Nicole Konarczak, 14, Jack Old, 14, Sophie Gray, 13, Chloe Cole, 13, Aaron Langley, 14.    'Friday 10th February 2012
Schools Challenge: Kettering Science Academy taking part in 'Schools Challenge' The anti violence campaign Year 9's l-r Danielle Maxwell, 13, Nicole Konarczak, 14, Jack Old, 14, Sophie Gray, 13, Chloe Cole, 13, Aaron Langley, 14. 'Friday 10th February 2012
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Children at a Kettering school are backing a campaign aimed at making people think twice about raising their fists to fight.

The One Punch anti-violence initiative was launched and is being rolled out across schools in the district after a Wellingborough man died from a single punch.

Stuart Martin, 28, died after he was hit in the back of the head outside Bar Life nightclub on June 19, 2010.

This month pupils at Kettering Science Academy showed their support for the campaign by drawing posters highlighting its message. They also put their own ideas forward on how to publicise the message further.

The posters and ideas will go towards a competition.

The final will be at The Lighthouse theatre in July.

A DVD featuring Mr Martin’s fiancee Katie Harthen and mother Joyce Martin speaking about the tragedy and their life afterwards is being shown in schools.

The campaign has also received a boost from former Saints rugby player Ben Cohen, who recently backed the project.