Mich. students can resolve cases in peacemaking court

04/29/2014 | MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration)

Students with disciplinary problems at a Michigan high school can now skip a traditional hearing and seek to resolve their cases in a peacemaking student court held jointly with Dwayne Hunter's economics class at Ypsilanti Community High School and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. During hearings that use Native American peacemaking practices, a Cooley Law student represents the student who is in trouble while another law student acts the judge, and the three sit with a student jury to discuss the violation before the jury weighs in with recommendations. "I tell (students) their behavior also affects more than their money," Hunter said.

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