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As Utah students go back to school this week administrators are still determining how to deal with those who are disruptive or chronically truant. Sweeping juvenile justice reforms passed this year require schools to find new ways to discipline kids without sending them to court.

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UPDATE: KUER learned late Thursday that one of the kids featured in this story, D.P., plagiarized his contest winning the poem “Drowning in Blue”.

Much of the poem, including the title, was taken from the poet and novelist Ellen Hopkins.

Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings has removed the poem from its website and has awarded first place to a young poet from Wyoming.

Several juvenile offenders in Utah got high honors this week for their submissions to a national poetry contest. Utahns took 1st and 2nd place this year.

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A bill to reform Utah’s Juvenile Justice system is marching forward in the Utah Legislature after hitting a few roadblocks in the House.  

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Officials in Weber County say the region's new Juvenile Justice Center will be much more than a warehouse for troubled youth. Wednesday’s groundbreaking in Ogden represents a new era for the state’s juvenile justice system.