Students Hold Peacemaking Court to Build Trust and Communication
March 26, 2014 - Ypsilanti Community High School’s Peacemaking Court held its inaugural session on Monday, March 17. The student run court was led by Cooley Law School students, Christopher Schaedig, presiding as judge; Joseph Phillips, serving as peacekeeper; and Stephanie Holmes, assuming the role of accountability mentor to the student-respondents who brought disciplinary matters before the court.
The court is structured to be restorative, focusing on relationships and repairing harm, instead of producing punishment. The court provides high school students with a chance to make a difference in their school community by actively listening and supporting their peers as they improve school behavior. High school students who participated expressed appreciation for having a role in helping their peers, and for being part of a process that teaches responsibility.
Ypsilanti Community High School students have agreed to participate in the second session of the Peacemaking Court to be scheduled next month.
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