-This piece discusses how OSI’s partnership with Baltimore City Schools to integrate restorative practices has resulted in fewer suspensions and arrests and contains a quote from OSI’s Karren Webber-
By Liz Bowie
Art class had just started when the seventh grader girl began to worry. As she saw a group of eighth- graders filing in to her class, she sensed trouble was about to begin.
“I only knew something was going to happen,” said the girl, who asked not to be identified. Within seconds, one of the girls grabbed the seventh-grader’s hair and yanked her to the floor. A cellphone video of the incident at Stemmers Run Middle School shows two girls leaning over the girl, punching and kicking her as a teacher tries to pull one of the attackers away.