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Conflict resolution class helps children manage anger

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Posted at 10:44 PM, Dec 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-07 23:45:35-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s Center for Conflict Resolution hopes to take some of the anger and stress that children struggle with and help them release it in a healthy way.

Damone Cox, a conflict resolution mediator, said leads boxing courses at the Gregg Klice Community Center, dishing out tips that apply not only in the ring but in life.

“They go through things and so a lot of these kids come from homes that are not two parent homes, that are not homes where they feel safe and that causes a lot of anger and they don't know how to process it,” Cox said.

The children, he said, are not allowed in the boxing ring unless they “have their anger under control.”

“That is one of the main things we work on,” Cox said.

At the center, they call it “rethink anger.”

"A lot of these kids were kids that would get into a lot of fights at the beginning of the school year,” Cox said, “and since we've been running this program I haven't heard of as many out of school suspensions because that's part of it. You can't get in the ring if you've been getting in trouble in school."