Zero Tolerance Or Restorative Justice?

1860 WordsDec 7, 20148 Pages
Zero Tolerance or Restorative Justice? When I think back to when I attended grade school, I remember suspensions were common. You could say I was a good kid, because I never got suspended, but that was not so for the class clowns, trouble makers, ditchers of the school. One of the reasons for the increase in suspension rates had to do with zero tolerance policies. Did zero tolerance help shape these children to be better students, or did it simply aid in pushing them out of school? In the news right now there is great controversy surrounding a new approach to help at risk children it is called restorative justice. Does it help, or is it just another way for students not to held accountable for their actions. There are pros and cons I am sure for both but in the end what method helps keep students in school, and learning? Is it Zero Tolerance with its strict guidelines or Restorative Justice where offender is made to feel accountable for his action that aid with at risk kids. Zero Tolerance Policies grew momentum after the Columbine school shooting in 1999. The Columbine school shooting was when two students went on a shooting rampage, injuring 24, and killing 13 students and school faculty including themselves at their school. Before the Columbine incident, In 1994, federal legislation passed a law that required any school to expel students who carried or were found in possession of a gun while on school grounds or they would lose federal funding. Zero tolerance policy in
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