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Twice a week, these Texas students circle up and talk about their feelings. It’s lowering suspensions and preventing violence.

These days, more students and teachers report being happy at Spring ISD's Bammel Middle School, and the number of three-day out-of-school suspensions dropped from 94 last school year to 47.

A student at Bammel Middle School receives the talking piece and listens to her teacher give the prompt in the restorative circle on April 20, 2018.

"You could talk to me"

La'Quesha Grisby, principal of Bammel Middle School, in a portrait on April 20, 2018.

Students lead circles

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