Lorin LaFave, mother of murdered teenager Breck Bednar, gives ‘powerful’ talk at Parkside Academy, Ipswich
Her interactive presentation, which focussed on the importance of e-safety for young people, at the pupil referral unit in Spring Road was praised by the academy’s deputy head Trudy Read.
Lorin LaFave, of Surrey, lost her son Breck Bednar in February 2014 when he was fatally stabbed at a flat in Essex by Lewis Daynes, 19, of Rosebery Road, Grays, who later admitted the offence.
Mrs Read said: “It was a really moving day. She delivered a very powerful message through her own terrible loss of her son and compelled young people to manage themselves safely online.
“Our young people who took part were really interested and gained a great deal and a huge amount of respect for her.
“There is a stereotypical view in society about groomers and paedophiles. But he (Lewis Daynes) was 19, and boys can be groomed as well, not just girls.
“We are all prone and all have vulnerabilities, and groomers are particularly skilled at being able to identify a vulnerability. This was a very powerful message.
“We will now do follow-up lessons (on e-safety), as we were all very strongly affected by the presentation.”