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Using Restorative Justice to Face Anxiety and Trauma

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Sep 26, 2016

Writing at Education Votes, Gina Harris, a teacher in Maywood, Illinois, discussed her use of restorative justice to process the “chilling, yet familiar news” that continues to impact our communities. She notes that “the recent spate of high-profile shootings, the disturbing conversations about separation and hate and deportation in our current political environment have hung like a cloud over [my students’] summer and added to their fear and worry.”

“As a practitioner of restorative justice at school, I plan to gather my students in a peace/dialogue circle—a safe space in the classroom to have conversations and to grieve; and to pursue the change that they want to see in their world. As an educator-activist, there is nothing that gives me more joy than to support young people in recognizing and understanding that they are part of the solution.”

Read more about her approach to restorative justice here.

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