Shellyne Rodriguez has been released after being charged in the Bronx with post-machete threats

The now-sacked Hunter College professor, who held a machete to the neck of a Post reporter, was released by a Bronx judge Thursday night during a court hearing attended by a crowd of supporters.

Shellyne Rodriguez, 45, made her first court appearance at the Bronx Criminal Court, where she was charged with threats and harassment over the frightening confrontation with a veteran post clerk at her Bronx apartment building earlier in the week.

About half a dozen supporters attended the brief hearing, and one even clapped after a judge released Rodriguez of his own volition.

Rodriguez then left the courthouse with four or five of his friends and went to a Burger King to order some food.

Rodiguez faced the 43rd Precinct early Thursday.

Her arrest was followed by a bizarre series of events that began Tuesday morning when a Post reporter and photographer knocked on her apartment door and asked about her filmed tirade against a group of pro-life students at Hunter College, where she had worked, as a supplement.

Shellyne Rodriguez leaves after being arraigned May 25 in Bronx Criminal Court in Bronx, NY
Shellyne Rodriguez leaves after being arraigned May 25 in Bronx Criminal Court in Bronx, NY.
Christopher Sadowski

“Get that shit off my door or I’ll hack you up with this machete,” the professor yelled before rushing out with the blade and threateningly held the reporter’s throat.

The two postal workers left immediately, but Rodriguez followed them outside, still armed with the machete. Dashcam video then shows her chasing them down the street.

“If I see you again on this block, you will…” Rodriguez yelled at the journalists. “Get the shit off the block! Get outta here, yo!”

Shellyne Rodriguez stopped by a local Burger King restaurant after her release.
Shellyne Rodriguez stopped by a local Burger King restaurant after her release.
Christopher Sadowski

She then kicked the reporter in the shin before retreating to her building.

During Thursday’s court hearing, the judge also issued two protective orders against Rodriguez for the reporter and photographer she threatened.

After the ordeal, she was fired from Hunter College while the School of Visual Arts – where she also worked as a professor – reviewed her employment on Wednesday.

Shellyne Rodriguez threatened Post reporter with machete.
Rodriguez held a machete to a Post reporter’s neck on Tuesday.
Robert Miller for the NY Post

Rodriguez first came under fire earlier this month when a video in which she cursed Hunter College students who had set up an anti-abortion table on campus went viral.

She told students they were “not teaching anything” and called her pamphlets “propaganda” before throwing them on the floor, videos show.

The Post has also learned that Rodriguez is suing the NYPD, alleging officers abused her when she was arrested in the Bronx in June 2020 while attempting to exit a protest rally over the killing of George Floyd.

Rodriguez, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, alleges she suffered nerve damage from being zip-tied too tightly when she was snatched and placed in a prisoner van along with 14 other protesters.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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