On Tuesday, May 15th, there was a physical altercation between students from Ballou high school and Somerset Prep DC during dismissal. This altercation stemmed from an incident that took place in the community a few weeks earlier-Lauren Catalano, principal at Somerset Prep DC, and Katreena Shelby, interim principal at Ballou High School, took immediate action, meeting with Councilmember Trayon White and other key stakeholders, to work collaboratively toward a common goal of school safety. It was jointly decided that it would be best for all involved if a restorative approach was used to address this situation.
On Friday, May 18th, families and scholars involved in the altercation from both schools met at a neutral location and had a mediation with the support of Restorative DC, Metropolitan Police Department, and staff from both schools. The mediation was successful. While we are extremely pleased with the outcome of the mediation, there have been ripple effects on all families of scholars who attend both schools. As a result, both schools have issued letters to families, hosted parent meetings, and are available to answer any questions that families have regarding the events that transpired last week.
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