School elections are an early introduction into the system

12-50 Tring school elections.
12-50 Tring school elections.

TEACHING young people about the benefits of voting at a young age will prevent them from being disenfranchised from society in later life and turning to violence, according to one school.

Assistant headteacher at Tring School Andrew Dobberson said that the Youth Town Council elections held at the school were essential in teaching youngsters about contributing to the wider community.

He said: “It’s important so they don’t get disenfranchised. If they don’t vote they don’t have a voice.

“Unless they become part of the system we will have an under belly of society.

“We like to think that our students will recognise if they vote they will have a say and hopefully they won’t turn to violence like so many young people did during the London riots.”

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