I can identify. I spent 12 years teaching SED adolescents--aggressive,
addicted, withdrawn, adjudicated, abused, abusers--all lumped together.
Actually it is a pretty successful program. They behaved better in art
than most other places. I know there will be those who are offended, but
these were some of the most creative kids I've ever known. And years
later, when they come back to visit, some have finally developed the inner
discipline to use their talents. As much as I'd like to think I
contributed a little, sometimes I think they thrive in spite of us.