Schools – Reality Check In-School Suspension Program

The unappealing idea of students serving out-of-school suspensions roaming their communities during the day, possibly getting into more trouble is not the answer.

As schools strive toin-school suspension keep more students in school, even disruptive ones, in-school suspension programs are seeing more students. There is a big difference between having an in-school suspension program that works and one that doesn’t.

Educators agree that keeping suspended students in school is better than having them home unsupervised. Structured programs that address multiple issues can help students get back to class faster and stay there.

The Reality Check In-School Suspension Program would be an added benefit to the already existing program in your school.


The Reality Check In-School Suspension Program is a 67-minute video program used for middle and high school aged students. The Reality Check Program is based on Larry Lawton’s life and what happens if you keep making bad choices. It is a consequence based program endorsed by the United States Congress and School Library Journal and used by the Department of Justice Weed & Seed Program, Judges, Law Enforcement and families all over the United States and abroad.

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The Reality Check Program has four parts: 1. Larry Lawton’s Life; 2. What Prison is REALLY Like; 3. What You Will Lose and 4. Avoiding and Dissolving Bad Associations.

Larry Bad ChoicesThe Reality Check Program was developed by Larry Lawton in 2007 and in 2010, an independent quantitative analysis was done by Eastern Florida State College that showed 70% of the participants of the RCP had better attitudes, 43% had better school grades and 31% had better school attendance. The Reality Check Program has one of the highest success rates with helping teens and young adults make better choices.


The In-School Reality Check Program video is viewed and the student takes a ten-question test and survey. The student passes the program with a score of 70%. School instructors have an option to continue with a Q&A with a specific section, or the whole video. For example, if a student is hanging out with the wrong crowd, the instructor might want to discuss section four of the video (Avoiding and Dissolving Bad Associations). The test, survey and certificate of completion are put in the students file to track the progress of the student.

A big plus of the Reality Check In-School Suspension Program is that the students are still in school, with all the potential for engaging them. Suspending students out of school means the school passes up this very important way to connect with students, build relationships, and show the student that no matter how bad they were, they can change. Larry Lawton’s life shows that anyone can change and that motivates young people to be the best they can be.

If your school would like to learn more and speak with Larry, please email: or call: 844-922-4800.

Who is Larry Lawton:

Larry Lawton BioLarry is an Author, Teen/Young Adult Expert, Law Enforcement Consultant, TV Personality and Keynote Speaker.

Larry developed the nationally recognized Reality Check Program and Reality Check Video Card Program.

Lawrence “Larry” Lawton appears regularly on national TV and Radio as an expert on teen issues, crime, schools and community policing. ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, MSNBC — CLICK HERE to see Larry Lawton on TV

Larry Lawton is the only ex-con in the United States to be sworn in as an honorary police officer and only ex-con ever to be recognized on the Floor of the United States Congress for developing the Reality Check Program and helping young people and law enforcement agencies.

If your school would like to learn more and speak with Larry, please email: or call: 844-922-4800.