Restorative justice seeks to give the â€œauthorâ€ of the action an opportunity to express what they felt and why they did what they did. It also gives the â€œreceiverâ€ of the action the opportunity to express how they felt, with a facilitator validating and interpreting the emotions and words of both author and receiver, said Michael Shimshak, Carbondale Elementary School District 95 principal.
….The real turning point didnâ€™t come until the circle was convened in February, and he heard the teacher who had been the receiver of his actions express her emotion.
â€œHe saw the hurt, he saw the pain, he saw what he had caused someone,â€ Bradley said. â€œI think it really was a turning point.â€
Check-ins with the student were done every Monday, and they met in circles several more times. The result is a testament of what happens when a student feels loved and learns how to communicate.
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