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Restorative (dentistry) justice enough?

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The Dalhousie 13 have been suspended from clinical activities

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After attempting to employ “restorative justice”  to deal with Facebook posts by 13 fourth-year male dentistry students, Dalhousie University president Richard Florizone succumbed to mounting pressure and suspended the self-proclaimed “Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen”from clinical activities.

Gentlemen? Hardly.

If you haven’t been following this story, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. outlined the chain of events in its initial online report. The university announced its plan for restorative justice, and immediately came under harsh and wide criticism for deciding to handle this case internally and behind closed doors. Additionally, Dalhousie closed its dental clinic, citing public safety concerns.

This entire event has spurred an array of opinions on dental forums and in the general blogosphere. They range from outrage, calls for complete expulsion of these students, and warnings of larger cultural issues to cries of over-reaction and the need for second chances 

Where do you stand?

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