Student deaths at 3-year high for Metro Nashville Public Schools

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Student deaths are at a three-year high for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Just this past weekend, Clayton Gangji, 14, was shot and killed while sitting in a car.

Metro police say in 2017, there were two youth ages 11 to 15 years old that have been the victim of homicide, and 12 victims between the ages of 16 and 20.

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“What do we want for our young people? How are we investing in the lives of our young people?” said Dr. Tony Majors.

Dr. Majors, the executive officer of student services for Metro Schools, told News 2 his heart is heavy after losing another student to gun violence.

Dr. Tony Majors (Photo: WKRN)

“Anytime we lose a child, it is traumatic not just for the students, but you also think about the teachers who worked with that child every day and the administrators who know that child over time,” he explained.

In response to the latest student-involved death, Dr. Majors says the district is providing support to grieving students and families.

On Monday, he activated the district’s crisis response team.

“That is councilors, social workers, physiologist, behavior analysts, and others who are trained on some of our grief response protocols,” said Dr. Majors.

A vigil will be held for Clayton Gangji Monday evening at Dupont Hadley Middle Prep in Old Hickory.