Source: (2001) Kaleidoscope of Justice: Highlighting Restorative Juvenile Justice. 3(1): 3. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Balanced and Restorative Justice Project, Florida Atlantic University. Downloaded 21 January 2005.

On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners to fly them as weapons against targets in the United States. Three planes hit the terrorists’ targets. One plane crashed in a field near Somerset, Pennsylvania, after a struggle between hijackers and travelers on the plane. The crash in the field diverted that plane from whatever target the hijackers intended to hit. Director of Somerset’s Communities That Care, Amy Zarefoss recounts how people provided support and care for the thousands of emergency workers, airline representatives, investigators, media personnel, and families of crash victims who came to the area of the crash site over the next days and weeks. As she puts it, local people practiced elements of a restorative response to trauma and crime without even knowing it.

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