‘Saying no’ at Deerbolt Prison

After looking at the role of conscientious objectors during the First World War, the men at Deerbolt Prison wrote about their experience of ‘saying no’.  One of the men wrote a piece that explores the difficulty faced when saying no, and the relative ease with which we can say it today.

For people to say no especially young people is like trying to hold your breath forever.  In my experience I found it hard to say no and I know most young people around have found no hard, our generation gives into peer pressure too easy so we forget about the word no existing.

Peer pressure to do things is like propaganda in the world war they can’t say no because they’ll be classed as a coward and they don’t want that, that’s exactly the same in 2016 people doing drugs, crime because they feel obliged to get involved.  I know our day and age situations are different than signing up to the army and losing their lives.

I know if I said no to 2 certain lads I hung around with I wouldn’t be in prison wasting my life I’d be getting my knees sorted and joining the army.

I guarantee prisoners in this jail are in the same situation if they said no they be at home still.  Just everyone take a moment and realise it’s easier for us to say no than it was for all those soldiers who lost their lives for us all to have better lives, they felt obliged.