Professor Who Held Knife to Reporter’s Neck After Destroying a Pro-Life Table Lands New Teaching Job

Professor Shellyne Rodriguez, who threatened a New York Post reporter with a machete, has a new teaching position.

In a surprising turn of events, Shellyne Rodriguez, a former Manhattan college professor known for threatening a New York Post reporter with a machete, has reportedly secured a new teaching position at the Cooper Union School of Art in the East Village.

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Rodriguez is listed as an adjunct instructor and is scheduled to teach a sculpture class this fall semester.

Rodriguez gained national attention and widespread criticism after a series of incidents in May, where she was caught on video threatening a New York Post reporter with a machete and berating students over their anti-abortion stance at Hunter College.

The incidents led to her dismissal from her roles at Hunter College and the School of Visual Arts.

The controversy began when Rodriguez confronted a group of Hunter students who had set up a table displaying pro-life educational materials. In a video, she can be seen accusing them of spreading propaganda and forcefully removing their materials.

“You’re not educating s–t. This is f—ing propaganda,” she yells while throwing the papers onto the floor. “What are you going to do, like anti-trans next?”

Later, when approached by a Post reporter and a photographer seeking her comments on the incident, Rodriguez responded by brandishing a machete and threatening the reporter.

“Get the f–k away from my door or I’m gonna chop you up with this machete!” Rodriguez shouted while holding a blade against the reporter’s throat.

Rodriguez faces multiple charges, including harassment, menacing, and weapons possession, to which she has pleaded not guilty.

After being fired, she accused Hunter College of succumbing to pressure from “racists, white nationalists, and misogynists” and claimed that the right-wing media was sensationalizing her case to further their agenda.

Cooper Union has yet to confirm Rodriguez’s employment status officially, and multiple attempts to reach them by the College Fix, which first reported on the story, have been silent.

Rodriguez’s hiring has raised eyebrows, considering her recent history and the pending legal actions against her.

It remains unclear whether Cooper Union was aware of Rodriguez’s past incidents and her alleged hostile and threatening behavior towards those with pro-life views when they decided to bring her on board.

Despite the controversy, some groups have come forward in Rodriguez’s defense, stating that her actions were justified and were in line with confronting groups disseminating misleading information.

A petition created in Rodriguez’s defense this past May claims that her actions to shut down the anti-abortion table were fully justified.

UPDATE: Shellyne Rodriguez, who threatened to “chop” a Post reporter, will avoid incarceration and potentially maintain a clean criminal record if she successfully undergoes a minimum of six months of therapy, as per her agreement with Bronx prosecutors. If she completes counseling at the Alternative Wellness Collective of Manhattan and remains trouble-free for up to a year, her record will be expunged, ruled Judge Dan Quart in Bronx Criminal Court on October 2.


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