Last Chance High, an eight-part VICE News series, is a sad, scary look at Chicago’s school for violent and emotionally disturbed youth, the Moses Montefiore Academy.
Crystal, 14, broke her teacher’s arm at her old school. At Montefi, she gets in trouble for stabbing annoying boys with a pencil. Her explanation: When she gets mad, she can’t control what she does. Well, she could, maybe, but she doesn’t.
Her classmate Cortez, who also attacked his teacher at his old school, has a father serving life in prison for murder. He “likes to fight,” he says.
The documentary shows a teacher trying to teach math while an aide yells at a boy for not taking off his jacket.