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Lorenn Walker

In: Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications

Chapter 9: Beyond Policy: Conferencing on Student Misbehavior

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Beyond Policy: Conferencing on Student Misbehavior
Beyond policy: Conferencing on student misbehavior
LorennWalker

In this personal description of her experience as a parent in a restorative conference, when her 14-year-old son was assaulted in a Hawai'i public school, Walker shows how the process is viewed from the inside. This paper was originally published in Principal Leadership, 1(7) March 2001. Available at http://www.lorennwalker.com/articles/student_article.html

A conferencing approach to student discipline not only addresses the infraction but also decreases repeat offenses.

I answered the phone and heard the vice principal of my son's high school saying, “Mrs. Walker, I have Trent in my office. He's all right, but he's been hit in the head by another student.” I felt a quick wave of nausea and asked, “Does he need a doctor? Should ...

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