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Teens begin peace project in Nashville

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Photo courtesy of Metro Nashville Public Schools Photo courtesy of Metro Nashville Public Schools

By EMILY WEST
The Tennessean

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A grassroots movement of teens and the grown-ups who worry about them is seeking to end violence that's taken too many lives.

At Watkins Park, across the street from Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet, the Nashville Peace Project came together recently for its first meeting.

Organizer Rasheedat Fetuga said she's lost two former students to violence and wants to raise awareness. A 17-year-old Pearl Cohn High student, Johnathan Johnson, was shot at a school bus stop about two miles from the park last month.

The former Metro City Schools teacher and high school students planned the cookout, which fed more than 60 and provided them a safe hangout after the final hours of the school year.

Fetuga's students said they are generating ideas for summer events.

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