Last Chance High

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.

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  1. Stacy in NJ says:

    I watched the first 5 minutes and don’t know what disturbed me more the behavior of the kids or the adults. While the kids are obviously way out of control, the adults seem to engage in arbitrary authoritarian bullying. No school that functions in this way can provide any benefit. It just reinforces the anti-social behavior.

  2. Black populations all over the world tend to have very high rates of violence. In the inner cities of the US the problem is exacerbated by the out-migration of the more able blacks. No one knows what to do with inner city blacks.