Sounds like another Lean on Me movie is on it’s way
Junior High School 22, in the South Bronx, had run through six principals in just over two years when Shimon Waronker was named the seventh.
On his first visit, in October 2004, he found a police officer arresting a student and calling for backup to handle the swelling crowd. Students roamed the hallways with abandon; in one class of 30, only 5 students had bothered to show up. â€œIt was chaos,â€ Mr. Waronker recalled. â€œI was like, this canâ€™t be real.â€
Teachers, parents and students at the school, which is mostly Hispanic and black, were equally taken aback by the sight of their new leader: A member of the Chabad-Lubavitch sect of Hasidic Judaism with a beard, a black hat and a velvet yarmulke.
â€œThe talk was, â€˜Youâ€™re not going to believe whoâ€™s running the show,â€™ â€ said Lisa DeBonis, now an assistant principal.