HUNDREDS of schoolchildren made a vow not to carry knives in memory of former student Jay Whiston.

Pupils at Tendring Technology College took the anti weapons pledge together.

Jay, of Clacton, was a student at the Frinton school when he was murdered outside a house party in Colchester two years ago.

Mum Caroline Shearer launched the Only Cowards Carry charity to campaign about knife awareness in schools.

She said the show of support at the school had been “brilliant”.

Mrs Shearer added: “It was very emotional and very motivational at the same time. The kids are totally engaged and want to help.

“They all want to do something and it proves they are listening and aware of the dangers, which is what we want.

“The pledge cards are now part of the school uniform, so there is no excuse for carrying a weapon.”

The pledge ceremony was emotional for Jay’s mum, who said: “I was okay until the last bit because this school does it in memory of Jay.

“I got choked up and then the floodgates just opened.

“It was all a bit raw, but all we want is for these other kids to stay safe.”

The pledge is now an annual event at the school.