Choices & Consequences Assemblies

This week PC Rob Pedley and Alison Cope visited the Academy to talk to students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 about choices and consequences.

In September 2013, Alison’s son Joshua Ribera was stabbed to death at a party to commemorate the life of a friend who had died in a stabbing the previous year. He became involved in a row over a girl which spiralled into a fight and his rival, Armani Mitchell, left the club but then returned with a knife. He said he wanted to cut Josh on the arm, but as he pulled the knife, Joshua raised his arm to protect himself and Armani plunged the knife into his heart. Joshua sadly died from his injury.

Alison has now dedicated her life to convincing teenagers there is another path in life. She told her harrowing story in a hard-hitting, frank and heart breaking assembly. She also talked of her sons killer Armani Mitchell who is now in a category-A prison serving a life sentence.
Alison’s final message to the students was simple: “With the help of your teachers and your family, you have every chance of being an amazing successful individual. You have got a choice. Make the best of your life.”