Parents, guardians, teachers, principals and interested community members gathered recently at the monthly Restorative Justice meeting to discuss solutions of supporting the severely disadvantaged and special needs youth in the Pittsburgh community schools.
Many students are dealing with the affects of impoverished backgrounds, abandonment and dysfunctional homes and have become a part of an adverse disciplinary syndrome, improper handling results in the children being unjustly shifted from schools to prisons the organization believes.
Juvenile Defender, Attorney Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson passionately expressed her concern for the mishandling of students who are predisposed and vulnerable to violence at the meeting.
She emphasized that some students are fearful and traumatized and it is important for everyone including school authority and counselors be informed and trained to identify their issues to initiate an appropriate response resulting in a student focused on education, and that the Juvenile Detention System should not be a default discipline solution because of lack of understanding.
The Restorative Justice group stated that they encourage community involvement to fight for the rights of youth.
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