Tag: restorative justice

Stand With Keaton Jones AND Teach The Bullies How To Repair the Damage

I choked up when I watched the heartbreaking viral video of young Keaton Jones crying as he described how the other kids at his middle school have been bullying him. How could you not be touched by his open, honest expression of pain? The subsequent outpouring of support for Keaton is remarkable. It gives me... Read more »

Community Outcry Sways City of Evanston to Reverse Planned Restorative Justice Cut, But More Is Needed.

I first met Arica Barton, the head of the Evanston Police Department’s Youth Services Restorative Justice program, in 2011. I was researching alternatives to punishment for youth offenders for a section in my book on bullying, and my dear friend Meagan Novara introduced me to Arica, knowing that I would be fascinated by the concept... Read more »

The Art of the Apology: Focus On Repair

I am in the 22nd hour of fasting for Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement. The thinking is that by withholding all food and water, we clear our minds to focus on our behaviors from the past year. We make apologies for our mistakes, and we promise to do better in the new year.... Read more »
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Can A Teen Bully Change?

Can a teen bully change? Yes, of this I have no doubt. But how do we know if the bully has changed?  How do we know if the words, “I’ve changed,” really hold meaning? When is a stupid teen no longer a stupid teen? In all the research I have done, through all the interviews... Read more »