Schools are always looking for new ways to end bullying, yet tend to try the same strategies: punish the bully and nurture the victim. Yet the rate of repeat offenses continues. In this program, the bully and victim are brought together, with a teacher or administrator and have a chance to hear each other out. By doing so,the student who bullied the other student hears what his/her actions caused. This emotional connection to another human, helps the student to develop empathy and regret of actions. The victim also gets closure, as the dialogue allows him/her to describe the effects of the offense.
This proven strategy, Restorative Practice, is beginning to make its way into schools in Texas, Maryland and Pennsylvania with dramatic success. Originating from New Zealand, the creators have seen not only success in eliminating constant bullying in certain students, but a new appreciation for human relationships, as expressed by students!