A Vanderbilt trauma surgeon's program aimed at ending violence in local schools continues to grow.
Dr. Manish “Manny” Sethi began his conflict resolution program last year after seeing a spike of young victims at his hospital.
After listening to patient stories, he felt students needed to learn a better way to handle conflict that didn't result in a visit to the ER.
Sethi's program works with educators to give students the tools to handle conflict in a calm manner that doesn't end in violence.
Friday, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean joined Dr. Sethi at Wright Middle School where he participated in some of the conflict resolution exercises with students.
Dean said he was impressed with the skills they were learning.
Kristian Dennison's eighth grade class participated in the program.
She told News 2 it's important for students to learn skills to handle conflict in a calm manner and to hopefully carry those skills on to adulthood.
Dr. Sethi started his program at Nashville's Cameron College Prep Middle School. It is now in 11 schools and has reached about 5,000 students.
- April 14, 2013: Vanderbilt trauma surgeon starts conflict program