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Snow Hill Middle uses conversation to handle bullying

By Kara Hallissey | Oct 19, 2017

(Oct. 20, 2017) About three years ago, Snow Hill Middle School was asked to pilot a restorative practice program, which came at a convenient time because teachers were struggling with some of their seventh grade students.

Restorative practices are the belief that conflicts such as bullying or inappropriate behavior are resolved more effectively head-on and by those involved in them.

In addition, the program is known to build healthy communities, decrease antisocial behavior and repair relationships.

Everyone involved in the conflict comes together and holds the person accountable for their actions. People are more likely to make positive changes when they feel a sense of remorse and are forgiven by their victim. In addition, the process builds strong relationships and brings a positive sense of community back to the classroom, Snow Hill Middle School Principal Christina Welch said.

Restorative practices also help students build emotional intelligence, teaches kids empathy, conflict resolution, how to apologize and make connections with others.

 

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