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Posted at 5:41 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Alternative disciplinary methods for teens

By Nathalie H. Thompson, Aldie

Regarding the Feb. 20 front-page story "Student's suspension furthered his despair":

Given my experience with multiple family suicides and managing depression, this is a very personal issue for me. Suicide is never the result of one event or school policy, and I am getting increasingly frustrated with what seems to be an effort to simplify a very complex issue and determine cause and effect between school discipline policies and suicide. If school discipline policies need to be addressed, and I believe they do, the scope should be broadened to other impacts beyond suicide and approaches other than zero tolerance. Given the number of articles printed on this subject in the past few months, I would like to suggest The Post consider writing about restorative justice as an alternative or additional intervention available to schools.

The writer is a Virginia Supreme Court-certified mediator.

By Nathalie H. Thompson, Aldie  | February 23, 2011; 5:41 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax County, Virginia, education, schools  
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