Mediation Program

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Free To Learn Project staff is offering local school faculty a mediation program that would consist of FTL Project members, students. teachers, and parents the option of sitting to discuss any problems a student may be having in school that would warrant suspension or arrest.

The object of this meeting is to avoid suspension so the student does not miss class and fall behind on schoolwork. The meetings would be conducted in a designated location after school, either on or off school grounds once a week that would include any and all students, parents, and teachers so not to interfere with school time hours.

We believe that this approach gives the student the attention they may need from adults in their life and could help in defusing any future disruptive behavior. We suggest a maximum of three (3) meetings aimed at getting to the root of the student problem. If after these three meetings the student still has behavioral problems, then we suggest professional mental health counseling supported by the school and the parents of the child, but not suspension.

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Free To Learn has requested school district suspension records from three (3) local school systems: Chesterfield, Henrico, and Richmond public school systems, and are waiting for responses.

Note: The Free To Learn Project request the following:

  1. We challenge you to lower the suspension rate to zero.
  2. We request 3-day suspensions (if suspension is absolutely necessary) instead of 10-day suspensions.
  3. We request mediation with the child and the childs parents before suspension.
  4. We request two (2) firm warnings before actual arrest.