Source: (2003) Voma Connections. Winter(13): 1,4. Downloaded 15 April 2003.

Given trends of increasing violence and harassment in schools, many teachers, administrators, and communities are looking for new, more effective ways of dealing with school conflict. Various policies and programs are being tried - for example, zero tolerance policies, anti-bullying programs, and more - to make schools into "safe schools." Yet all of this raises questions about what a safe school looks like and how it is attained. In this context, Catherine Bargen highlights School District #35 in Langley, British Columbia, a system pursuing safe schools through the application of restorative justice principles to school discipline issues.

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