Denver schools seek restorative solution to age-old truancy problem
from the article by Karen Auge in the Denver Post:
That is where DPS restorative justice expert Tim Turley came in. In the post-hearing discussion at MLK, Turley asked each of the four students: "Would you share with us your reasons for not going to school?"
One of the two boys, Armando, whom teachers described as bright and athletic, told Turley, "I've been having migraine headaches."
Next, the other boy, Gadiel, confessed, "I get influenced by other kids who are ditching."
Pamela and Alexis sat quietly, engrossed in their own footwear, until Turley got to them. "I didn't want to come to school because there were girls who threatened me," Pamela said.
Then it was Alexis' turn: "I was afraid of being bullied."
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