Woke Bronx high school principal caught squaring off against students ‘like a boxer’ with his fists raised – after bragging about ‘creating a climate of civility and respect’
- Bronx Collaborative High School principal Brett Schneider jumped in to stop a fight between students and adults in October
- The fight began after one of the grown ups allegedly sucker punched a student after he reportedly dumped milk on a girl two days prior
- Schnieder was filmed pushing one of the students away and raising his fists in a boxer-like pose, despite a school officer nearby already trying to stop the fight
- The hands-on approach to stopping the brawl appeared to stray far from Schnieder’s philosophy of finding ‘creative responses to conflict’
A woke Bronx high school principal was filmed raising his fists against students in a fighting stance during the middle of a brawl despite preaching about ‘civility.’
The shocking video opens with a fight outside the Bronx Collaborative High School after the relative of a girl who allegedly had milk dumped on her two days prior by a male student sucker punches him.
During the ensuing chaos between students and adults, principal Brett Schneider, 49, is seen intervening as he raises his hands and pushes one of the teens away, motioning his fists towards the minor.
One of the students who witnessed the scene told the New York Post that Schneider ‘looked like he was a boxer,’ while others were stunned that he was defending grown adults against one of his own students.
Schnieder’s actions also appeared to be in stark contrast to how he previously described his leadership skills.
In an undated post to the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility in Manhattan, he boasted: ‘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.’
Bronx Collaborative High School principal Brett Schneider (in the yellow shirt) jumped in the middle of a fight in October, pushing one of his students away from adults. The fight began after one of the grown ups allegedly sucker punched a student
In the video, a school safety officer could be seen nearby working to break up the violence, yet Schnieder still jumped in to push the student away.
The pincipal drew scrutiny from parents and students alike who condemned him for failing to peacefully stop the brawl that ensued at the school.
Tom Sheppard, a parent representative on the Department of Education’s Panel for Educational Policy, tweeted: ‘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.’
A senior in the school echoed the criticism, telling the Post: ‘That’s a grown man. So, as a grown man, why are you helping another grown man fight a kid?’
Schneider and the New York City Department of Education did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
The NYPD confirmed that the incident happened on October 24, and that no arrests were made.
The hands-on approach to stopping the brawl appeared to stray far from Schnieder’s philosophy of finding ‘creative responses to conflict’
Schneider is then seen squaring up against the minor with his fists raised
Students and parents alike said they were shocked at the principal’s actions and for appearing to defend grown adults against a minor
Schneider’s hands-on approach during the fight strayed far from his philosophy when he became the high school’s first principal in 2013.
In another Morningside Center post, Schnieder, who made $223,861 last year, said that his team had ‘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.’
The school, which serves about 550 students, the majority of whom are Latino and black, also touts this philosophy on their website, as they also state they’re committed to social justice.
‘We prize individuality, diversity, and authenticity — working together to address issues of social justice and to create positive change in the world,’ the school says on its website.
‘Teachers work with students on social justice issues through community circles each week and resolve conflicts creatively through restorative circles, conversations, and conferencing.’
Schnieder jumped in despite the fact that a school officer was at the scene breaking it up
Schnieder is the founding principal at the school (pictured), touting his leadership for supposedly reducing the number of fights at the campus
Along with recent criticisms over the brawl, Schneider was also blasted by former staffers on the UFT Solidarity website, a caucus of the teacher’s union that allows educators to post anonymous comments about administrators ‘in need of improvement.’
One former staffer described him as ‘misogynistic’ and unwilling to hear out anyone else’ ideas to help the school.
‘He repeatedly says he wants to build community but only ever implements his ideas,’ the former staffer wrote. ‘The joke is that at Bronx Collaborative, there is nothing collaborative about the place.’
Prior to working at the high school, Schneider worked at the Institute for Collaborative Education, another public high school based in Manhattan.
He was also a member of the 2019 to 2020 cohort of Teachers College’s Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals.
Cahn fellows are chosen from the top principals of major cities around the US who collaborate on special projects to improve their leadership and schools.