Youth Speak: Students Want Discipline That Restores

Mar. 15, 2013 / By

From Fresno The kNOw

Editor’s Note: Jane Carretero’s letter to the editor of  The Fresno Bee was published on Tuesday, March 12th. Jane wrote about her support for implementing Restorative Justice for Fresno Unified, in hopes of giving youth a second chance to be on a path toward graduation instead of expulsion or incarceration.

When I read the March 8 article about Thursday’s breakfast addressing Fresno Unified School District expulsions and suspensions, it brought back memories from when I was an office aide at Fort Miller Middle School last year. I used to see students getting suspended over simple things, like piercings and hair color, which caused them to fall behind in classwork.

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