Why School Suspension?

Jessie's Story

      Our founder, Jessie Funk, was suspended from school four times in 7th and 8th grades. She was struggling in life, and while that is no excuse for her bad behavior, it was the reason. Suspension only exacerbated her frustration and secured the label of "bad girl" in her mind- motivating her to live up to that expectation. It wasn't until her wonderful principal decided to invest in her by choosing a suspension alternative, a leadership camp, did she begin to heal and change. The camp TAUGHT her how to correct the negative behavior and how to process frustration in a healthy way. Suspension doesn't teach. Love teaches. Nature teaches. Kids need to be taught how to deal with pain or else, of course, they will act out.



                         Suspension is damaging our children




Proven Alternatives to Suspension & More Resources:


Restorative Justice:



Character Education:



U.S. Department of Education:



School to Prison Pipeline:


Solutions NOT Suspensions:



Wilderness Therapy:



Tools for Parents:


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