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Expelled From Every Other School: Last Chance High (Episode 1)

On Chicago’s West Side, there is a school for the city’s most at-risk youth — the Moses Montefiore Academy. Most of the students at Montefiore have been kicked out of other schools for aggressive behavior, and many have been diagnosed with emotional disorders.

Last Chance High takes viewers inside Montefiore’s classrooms and into the homes of students who are one mistake away from being locked up or committed to a mental hospital.

In the first episode of the eight-part original VICE News series we are introduced to two 14-year-old Montefiore students, Cortez and Crystal, who were sent to the school after violently attacking teachers. Cortez’s mother blames the boy’s father, who is serving a life sentence for murder. Crystal has stabbed her classmates and been caught shoplifting since arriving to Montefiore — which has left her mother on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Though the task can be overwhelming, the Montefiore staff never gives up trying to reach the city’s most difficult and volatile student population.

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23 thoughts on “Expelled From Every Other School: Last Chance High (Episode 1)

  1. Crystal’s mother is part of the problem…it’s clear. She’s taking up for her daughters behavior and giving in and trying to make it seem as though crystal is not doing something wrong. You cannot justify her actions period, yes the boy is wrong for provoking her but so is she. These staff members put their all into these kids…more than some of their parents and I totally understand that these kids have problems and they go through things and they can’t help how the act and react sometimes, I know it can be hard. But you can’t help someone that doesn’t want to be help, and not to say that these kids don’t want help deep down inside…but it’s hard too help someone who wants to act hard and like they don’t need anyone. I have sooo much respect for these people, bless their hearts man fr.

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