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Restorative Justice through Nature: Elsa Barron '21 and Karli Siefker '21

Restorative Justice through Nature: Elsa Barron '21 and Karli Siefker '21

Author: Natalie Ambrosio '17

A baby preying mantis will extend its front legs and make itself appear as tall as possible to fend off a hungry spider. This may seem trivial, or perhaps humorous, and indeed, the group of teenage boys in DePaul Academy’s biology class laughed when they first saw a video of this encounter. But then, when asked to think more about it, the conversation turned to how us humans are similar to the preying mantis – sometimes we act big and tough when we don’t want to get hurt. These students could relate to the insect, and thus, grow in their connection to nature. …

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