Grand Rapids Public Schools are going to try an experiment in three schools to try to deal with discipline problems.

Instead of outright suspensions, some non-violent offenders will be put into a "restorative justice" program at Campus Elementary, Ford Academic Center and Alger Middle School.

The Restorative Justice West Michigan Coalition says the idea is to resolve the conflict that led to the problem originally.

School Board member David LaGrand is a member of that coalition.

WOOD TV reported that the Grand Rapids public schools tried this "restorative justice" idea once before, but it did not work.

This time, reportedly, there's more optimism because of the initial experiment in three schools before possibly expanding to the entire district.

Photo Credit: Restorative Justice Coalition