....Jay now helps train teachers, police and other workers at restorative justice sessions — he even spoke at the training session for the principal who expelled him. He has been welcomed back to the school and plans to finish up his last four credits next year and graduate.

He wants to become a child and youth worker. He tries to apply restorative language, such as not blaming and respect, to all his relationships now.

Despite all he has gained, Jay doesn't just paint a rosy picture. He's honest.

“I struggle every day,” he said.

He struggles with getting work done, getting mad with people outside the restorative justice circle, seeing friends going down bad paths.

But now he has hope, said Bell, who has run hundreds of circles.

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