Murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen's parents make Peace Car pit stop at Stamford Hill school
PUBLISHED: 12:42 07 September 2012 | UPDATED: 14:19 10 September 2012
A peace car in memory of murdered London teenager Jimmy Mizen made a pit stop at a Stamford Hill school yesterday.
Barry and Margaret Mizen, whose son Jimmy was tragically murdered in 2008 in a Lewisham bakery a day after his 16th birthday, travelled to the new Our Lady’s Convent school building to celebrate the positive work its pupils had carried out alongside community organisation London Citizens.
The students won the London Citizens’ School of the Year award earlier this year for liaising with shopkeepers to set up CitySafe havens” where youngsters under threat could seek refuge, and for championing a “living wage” for Olympic Park workers.
Barry Mizen told the students: “I have brought this car along to say thank you for what you have done and to encourage you to keep on going.
“If we want to live a better more peaceful more compassionate life it’s down to us.”
His wife Margaret added: “I want to encourage other teenagers to work to make it safer to make it better, so that Jimmy’s death was not in vain.”
The trip was part of the Mizen’s 50 Days of Peaceful Events initiative, to promote the CitySafe campaign.
Sebastien Chapleau, school teacher and community organiser who received a Community Champion award for his work in Hackney from London Mayor Boris Johnson, said: “Our Lady’s Convent High School is clearly a visionary school and has always been leading the way in terms of the work they do in their neighbourhood.
“Their involvement with the Mizen family is helping hundreds of their students make their community safer and more cohesive.”