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Eleven-year-old Booker Beaver has been suspended from school more than once, a punishment that in the past meant staying home and playing video games.
This time is different.

He's attending class five days a week at the Maxine Mimms Academy, a new community program for students suspended or expelled from Tacoma middle schools.

Booker says he prefers the academy over McIlvaigh Middle School.

"But we don't want to stay forever," said Booker, who was suspended for fighting. "This is just to calm us down."

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