NPR ran a story on Saturday about one high school in Michigan and its use of a “conflict resolution room” and peer mediators to help students to either prevent conflicts from becoming worse, or to deal with them after they have become violent. The story also discusses how the high school uses restorative justice processes for some of these conflicts.
Suspensions have decreased by 10% since this high school started using peer mediation, restorative justice, and the conflict resolution room. This is significant as studies clearly indicate that students who are suspended are less likely to graduate and more likely to end up in the criminal justice system (the “school to prison pipeline.”).
This is the link to listen to this story which includes interviews with high school students who participated and their accounts of why they thought the program was valuable.