Larry Hoover grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, surrounded by gangs. He would spend his Friday nights fighting and his mother would often tell him if he didn’t straighten out he would end up in “Springer,” the New Mexico Boys’ School that is a penal institution for juveniles. At StoryCorps, he tells his granddaughter Anastacia Garcia about his time at “Springer,” not as a child but as a teacher.

Originally aired January 8, 2010, on NPR’s Morning Edition.