Program within LSC aims to keep students in school

A program within the Lafayette School Corporation is helping more students with discipline issues stay in school.

Posted: Oct. 31, 2017 9:20 AM
Updated: Oct. 31, 2017 9:51 AM
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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A program within the Lafayette School Corporation is helping more students with discipline issues stay in school.
Judge Faith Graham says the goal is to reduce the number of suspensions and referrals to juvenile court for arrests on school property.
Graham said that idea came from the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. Since the program started in Tippecanoe County in 201, there has been a decrease in juvenile arrests and students who were sent to secure detention.
She said with the help of a liaison, the numbers continue to decline.
"We have a school-based youth liaison who is stationed at Tecumseh and is able to work with kids who are on the verge of suspension or expulsion when they are placed in an alternative center to get them back on track and back into their regular school setting as soon as possible," said Judge Graham.
Graham said the liaison will continue to educate the students and their families.

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