How One School District Fights Decades of ‘Punishment Culture’

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A sixth-grade student with curly brown hair walked into the behavior intervention center at Lincoln Middle School and let out a big sigh. She scanned the spare white walls and mustard-colored rug and said, “I was just sent here.”

Kim Shane, the assistant teacher who heads the behavior intervention center (BIC), asked why.

“Because people started saying things that didn’t happen, so I started throwing paint at them,” the student said.

“OK,” said Shane. “Get a reflection . . .

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