But students seriously threatening others, or contributing to an environment where students are afraid to participate or to study, may be another.  This distinction strikes me as being similar to the concerns of non-school-based restorative justice practices:  that restorative justice should be voluntary and victim-focused, with the safety of the victims paramount.

Detroit and Los Angeles–two school districts with serious behavior issues and suspension rates–are both trying school-based restorative justice in a big way, and measuring the results.   It will be interesting to see the results.

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