How? Mr. Lee and his boss, Principal Rhonda Richetta, instituted restorative practices, which are modeled after restorative justice, an alternative approach that strives to heal victims, rehabilitate offenders and repair crime's damage to communities. Mr. Lee, who received a NAACP Hometown Hero award in Los Angeles last January, uses "circles" to bring students together to talk and listen. He asks them to share their version of what happened during a conflict, their thoughts and feelings about it, and what they think could bring resolution. When I spent a week at City Springs while reporting a book about forgiveness, I watched Mr. Lee lead circles on student-teacher disputes and peer bullying, and all led to resolution.