Monae Trevino, a senior at Big Picture High School in Burien, took center stage in our Sunday story about restorative justice. Seattle Times reporter Claudia Rowe and photographer Ellen M. Banner were at Big Picture when Trevino and two other students participated in a highly emotional discussion as part of the restorative justice process after they got in trouble for coming to class after smoking marijuana.
Trevino, 18, visited The Seattle Times offices earlier this week to go into more detail with Rowe about what she has learned from restorative justice and why that approach got through to her in a way that more traditional discipline methods had not.
Their conversation focused on three questions:
- What impact did other forms of school discipline have on you?
- What’s the hardest part of going through restorative justice?
- What do teachers have to do to get through to students using this approach?