“IS it worth it?” – this was the question posed to hundreds of Worthing schoolchildren when a new police roadshow visited their schools to teach them about anti-social behaviour.
Led by Sussex Police in partnership with events company Amelix, the Is it Worth It? roadshow is the first of its kind to be introduced to Sussex, and Davison High, Durrington High, St Andrew’s High and Chatsmore Catholic High School were the first to see the show.
The event is a high-energy performance led by a presenter, and features musical performances from up-and-coming musicians, dancing and interactive quiz shows, where the children are fed subliminal messages about the consequences of anti-social behaviour.
The Worthing schools watched a show led by presenter James Sherwood, and performances from musicians Ny and Femii Thai.
By paying attention to the show, the pupils were also given the chance to win free tickets to a specially-organised disco event for under-16s in Worthing, which was held at the Glynn Owen Centre in South Farm Road on Friday (April 27).
PC Michelle Avery, neighbourhood schools officer, said: “We have had a really positive response from all of the four schools, the pupils really get involved, and the teachers are very supportive of the event. This was originally introduced in Kent, and has had great success over the last four years, so we are hoping for the same in Sussex.”
Year-seven student at Chatsmore in Goring Street, Goring, Shakira Wheeler, 12, said: “I thought the show was really cool – I really liked the singers.
“The quiz was really fun, and I think it is a really good idea, it makes you think about what the consequences of anti-social behaviour would be – and is it worth it?”.