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Last Chance High

Six months ago, Montreal—nicknamed Spanky—suddenly lost the ability to speak intelligibly. Since then he has been bullied incessantly by some of the other kids in class at Montefiore. His teachers and counselors are working overtime to try and find out...

by VICE Staff
Apr 10 2014, 6:23pm

On Chicago's West Side, there is a school for the city's most at-risk youth—the Moses Montefiore Academy. Most of Montefiore's students have been kicked out of other schools for aggressive behavior, and many have been diagnosed with emotional disorders. VICE News 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 second part of Last Chance High, we are introduced to the young Montreal "Spanky" Almond, who fights a daily battle with a crippling speech impediment along with his fellow students' derision, mockery, and bullying at the Moses Montefiore Academy in Chicago.