The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus


Dashka Slater

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A student at Oakland High School. Jeff is punished at school using restorative justice after he slaps both TC and Pancha on their backsides. With restorative justice, Jeff, TC, and Pancha are able to resolve their conflict. After their meeting, Jeff understands how his actions hurt TC and Pancha, and the girls in turn have a chance to talk about their own feelings and start the healing process. They all become friends because of restorative justice, and they each symbolize the possibilities and benefits of restorative justice as an alternative form of punishment.
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Jeff Character Timeline in The 57 Bus

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Part 4: Ass Smacking
Accountability, Redemption, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
One day during the fall, Jeff, an African American student at Oakland High School, slaps TC, a girl at school, “hard... (full context)
Binary Thought and Inclusive Language Theme Icon
Accountability, Redemption, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Now, Jeff, TC, and Pancha all joke about Jeff’s “ass smacking.” “Without the circle,” they all agree,... (full context)