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Understanding Community Mediation: The Story of a Successful Mediation Between Two Middle School Stu

Thursday, February 27, 2020   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Lori Dieckman
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Community Mediation DC shared the article below that was originally printed in the January issue of their Community Newsletter.

 

Understanding Community Mediation: The Story of a Successful Mediation Between Two Middle School Students

 

Names and identifying information changed for privacy.

Sixth grader Jerard had not spoken with his childhood best friend Yuclid for almost a year, other than when she walked by and asked, "What are you looking at?" to which Jerard would respond combatively, "Nothing."

Jerard told his teachers he was not willing to talk face-to-face with Yuclid, but he agreed to talk to the mediators downstairs and hear what they had to say. Once Jerard understood what the mediation process was and had the chance to speak and feel heard, he agreed to give mediation a try. Yuclid also agreed, explaining that getting her pencil case stolen had been the last straw and she wanted to know what happened.

Yuclid and Jerard began the mediation with accusations and denials, occasionally screaming at each other or turning their backs. But during the mediation, they got to talk about the pencil case incident and their friendship in general, and eventually came up with an agreement about how to give each other space during recess and what to do in the future when their stuff went missing. 

After the session, CMDC mediator Tawanya Hutchins shared: "the teachers came back into the room and asked for a mediation or workshop for the whole class. They said Yuclid & Jerard left the room talking about their agreement and laughing together, and they were shocked.  To see the teachers' excitement about how the two students were interacting shows the true power of mediation."

Comments...

Renata E. Valree says...
Posted Thursday, February 20, 2020
Such a wonderful story and testimony about the power of conversation. Renata Valree
Patsi Maroney says...
Posted Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Great story! It works that same way with adults, too...

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