Enforce Equity For All Students, & Bring the Reformative Justice Method to Elwood Schools

Enforce Equity For All Students, & Bring the Reformative Justice Method to Elwood Schools

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LUISA LaCorte started this petition to Superintendent - Elwood School District Dr. Kenneth Bossert and

I am respectfully asking the Elwood Community to join me in advocating for bringing the Restorative Justice Method to our district and to ensure the Administration ends unequal discipline within our schools.

School Policies are in place for ALL to respect, not just some.  Our school prides itself on Equity & Equality for all students, so our discipline approach needs to match.  Every child deserves a chance to succeed academically and be the best they can be.  If rules are not implemented evenly to all - this becomes completely Discriminatory and Inequitable.  Our Board needs to receive the authority to intervene when such issues arise and are brought to their attention to rectify by community members.  If our BOE does not have the authority to ensure the Administration is following protocol - than who does?  Who is in charge of who is in charge?:(

Restorative Justice encourages accountability & creates a more positive outcome for all involved.  A mistake should not define you as a person, however - it's the way you fix your mistakes that should.  Punitive Punishment only encourages more hate, depression, isolation, anxiety, time out of the classrooms, and many kids turn to substance abuse or suicide because they are unable to cope.

We need to change how our kids are disciplined AFTER a suspension is served.  I want to be clear - I believe consequences are vital to the learning process, but AFTER the child has served their punishment, we need to give them a chance - a chance to do better, BE BETTER.  We fail our students when they make attempts to "make their wrongs right" but continue to hold them down.  It's like throwing rocks at someone while trying to climb a mountain.  

A suspension should not turn into a life sentence.  If criminals can be awarded a chance for reform, shouldn't a child?  We are an educational system - NOT a judicial system, so to withold earned academic achievements & opportunities goes against everything a school stands for.  

                                                Author & Poet Najawa Zebian

                                   "Don't break a bird's wings & then tell it to fly.

                                        Don't break a heart, then tell it to love.

                                      Don't break a soul, then tell it to be happy.

                    Don't see the worst in a person & expect them to see the best."

Thank you for your time & consideration and I hope the district implements these very important & necessary changes.

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