So a lot for “principles.”
A woke highschool principal who preaches love, respect and “creative responses” to battle was caught on video shoving a scholar exterior his Bronx Collaborative HS – and placing his dukes as much as brawl.
Brett Schneider was seen on the video posted to social media throughout an Oct. 24 fracas exterior the Bedford Park faculty, pushing the teenager after which elevating his fists in a combating stance. A faculty security agent was standing close by, however Schneider took issues into his personal fingers.
The NYPD confirmed that college security brokers referred to as 911 a couple of combat that day and mentioned no arrests had been made.
Students informed The Post that the incident adopted a combat a day or two earlier between a boy and woman that resulted within the woman getting milk dumped on her. They mentioned a relative of the woman’s got here to the college to confront the boy and sucker-punched him.
“And then the principal squared up,” one junior mentioned. “He looked like he was a boxer. I was like ‘Wow, this is unbelievable.’”
Other college students mentioned it appeared as if Schneider was attempting to defend the grownup who hit the teenager.
“That’s a grown man. So, as a grown man, why are you helping another grown man fight a kid?” one gobsmacked senior mentioned.
Parents had been additionally surprised.
“You’re talking about the principal, the leader of the school, a grown man, who is supposed to be trained in de-escalating situations actually out in the street fighting and making it worse,” mentioned Tom Sheppard, a mum or dad consultant on the Department of Education’s Panel for Educational Policy, who posted the surprising video on Twitter.
Schneider’s pugilistic habits was a far cry from his on-line statements about the right way to run his faculty, which is situated on the DeWitt Clinton Campus and has about 550 college students.
He was quoted on the web site of the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility in Manhattan saying, “We’ve created a whole different atmosphere – one of love and respect. Kids are less likely to get into fights. When there is a fight, they know that they won’t be demonized … Finding creative responses to conflict can be life-changing.”
Elsewhere on the middle’s web site he boasts
“We noticed that we hadn’t had a single fight, physical or verbal, in 12 weeks. It’s because we’ve been building trust. We’ve created a climate of civility and respect,” he says within the undated publish.
Schneider, 49, labored at Manhattan’s Institute for Collaborative Education, a progressive DOE faculty, earlier than turning into the founding principal of Bronx Collaborative HS in 2013. The faculty’s web site says, “We prize individuality, diversity, and authenticity — working together to address issues of social justice and to create positive change in the world.”
“Teachers work with students on social justice issues through community circles each week and resolve conflicts creatively through restorative circles, conversations, and conferencing,” the web site says.
As a principal, Schneider is not any knockout, college students informed The Post.
“I don’t like him, nobody likes him,” mentioned one freshman, who described how he lately argued together with her music trainer concerning the day’s lesson throughout class. “He just thinks he’s always right. He never gives anybody else a chance to talk. He has an attitude.”
A staffer informed The Post that Schneider “has been caught yelling aggressively at parents and school safety agents if he doesn’t get his way.”
Schneider additionally will get harsh criticism on the web site of UFT Solidarity, a progressive caucus of the academics’ union, the place he’s on a listing of “administrators in need of improvement.”
He was referred to as “misogynistic” and described as “constantly” pivoting and speaking an excessive amount of. Schneider was paid $223,861 in 2022.
“He repeatedly says he wants to build community but only ever implements his ideas. The joke is that at Bronx Collaborative, there is nothing collaborative about the place,” one nameless former workers member wrote.
Schneider referred to the DOE for remark and a spokesman didn’t instantly reply.