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If you’re checking reviews on a site like this, your child’s school is likely pretty safe. It takes parent, teacher, and student involvement to foster the right kind of environment to support active learning. This film provides great examples of why the whole community needs to pitch in.
In terms of loose attitudes and teaching/support styles, this can be considered a period piece. The principal uses tough love with young adults who need to learn boundaries.
There is violence and swearing, but they are used to depict the sorry state the school system and area were in at the time. The film can be used to foster a great conversation on how practices have changed over time, an explanation of zero-tolerance policies, and what it means to take responsibility for your own life and decisions. The message that we can all turn out lives around rings just as true today, even though circumstances may vary.