May 19 2013 Latest news:
by Flora Drury
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Pupils left traumatised by the murder of Tottenham teenager Kasey Gordon are to make a film about the issues they faced in coming to terms with his death.
The Park View School students will be working alongside media professionals to make a film exploring their feelings over the past year as part of the Kasey Gordon Project.
Kasey, 15, was stabbed through the heart yards from the school gates in West Green Road, Tottenham, by paranoid schizophrenic Serif Aslan in January 2011 after he and some friends got into a scuffle with Aslan over a petty confrontation.
The film will be shown at the school to young people who have experienced similar tragedies, psychiatric and educational professionals working with young people who have had similar experiences, and violent offenders, as part of their victim awareness programme.
It is hoped that the project, which is being carried out with help from the Big Lottery Fund, will offer pupils a creative outlet to talk about and pay tribute to Kasey.
Killer Aslan, 34, was last week sentenced to a minimum of 20 years behind bars.
Kasey’s friend Rashaun Leslie, 15, found it hard to be part of the school after he died, but found the project helped him release some of the stress.
He said: “I was struggling with commitment because I thought, ‘What’s the point if you are just going to die?’ Having to deal with Kasey’s death has matured me and being involved in this project has helped me to let out some of the tension.
“I see things in a different perspective as I realise that life’s too short and in that short time you need to fulfil your goals because you never know what could happen. You should make the most of what you have now.”