: Janet Connors
Janet Connors[Program 155]
-- Janet Connors
, Teaches "restorative justice" after her
son was murdered
"I think every time [Janet] tells her
story, students immediately like perk up, they're listening.
tells the agonizing story of losing her
19-year-old son, Joel, who was murdered during a home invasion in Boston in 2001.
Before the tragedy, she was a long-time community activist, who had campaigned to make sure poor people's heat would not be turned off in winter and drove families to visit an incarcerated loved one -- because prisoners who maintained family connections had less recidivism.
But upon her
son's sudden death, Janet's core beliefs about justice were now "shaken to their core".
decided to reject paralyzing depression and vengeance, and instead devotes her
life today to teaching public school students about "restorative justice", a philosophy that encourages forgiveness when wrongdoers accept accountability.
We hear from Janet
, and several members of Diploma Plus, a small learning community at Charlestown High, one of several public schools where she
works in Boston.
She also serves as a Fellow at the Suffolk University Center for Restorative Justice.