Stuyvesant Students Take On Dark Lord

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The New York Sun ran a mildly interesting article on the students of Stuyvesant High School yesterday. Yes, that’s the same education facility that brought you the [cuddle puddle]. No, this feature isn’t nearly as scary. Apparently, these better-than-average teens returned to school this year to find their principal, Stanley Teitel, transformed into Lord Voldemort—the nose-less bad guy from Harry Potter.

Unfortunately, it seems Stuyvesant students haven’t read J.K. Rowling’s series, because the changes Principal Teitel has implemented are more in line with Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge’s fascist ways than old Voldemort. Yeah, I read Harry Potter, what of it? Apparently, students are [“rebelling” against security measures] taken since 9/11, including a scanning system that tracks them when they enter the building and leave for lunch, identification cards for teachers (and possibly for students in the near future), and a new locker system that students fear administrators can peek into at any time—we’re not sure how that’s anything new. This breach of freedom, as one student referred to it, inspired the website [](, run anonymously by a couple of eyewitnesses.

According to The New York Sun, Teitel said he had heard of the site but not visited it and wasn’t too concerned with its rising membership, noting that signing up is easy and free. “If it cost them something—well, then I might begin to think about something,” he said. Oh but Mr. Teitel, ain’t that the beauty of the Internet?

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