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EXCLUSIVE: Facebook videos reveal elite Bronx school ‘Fight Club’

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 6:24 PM

Students at the nerd-friendly Bronx High School of Science are among the city’s best, brightest — and brawlingest.

The school’s precocious pupils, starting in April 2015, waged bare-knuckled, last-brainiac-standing brawls before crowds of their hooting and hollering peers, the Daily News has learned.

“No gloves or u (are a) p—y,” wrote one student last week about the “Fight Club”-style free-for-alls as organizers tried to launch a March Madness-style single-elimination tournament at Bronx Science.

“Kick his f—ing ass, brother!” shouted another student during a May 23, 2015, Bronx beatdown caught on tape, “Clock him!”

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The brainy brawlers apparently failed to study the first rule of “Fight Club”: You do not talk about fight club — especially on Facebook.

Instead, more than three dozen videos — including 11 fight clips, one offering a slow-motion replay — were posted on the “Savage Season” Facebook page for its 1,516 private members.

The News requested and received access to the violent video snippets.

“No gloves or u (are a) p---y,” wrote one student on the Facebook page featuring the fight videos. 

“No gloves or u (are a) p—y,” wrote one student on the Facebook page featuring the fight videos. 

“I took my son out of the school after he told me about the videos,” said one horrified parent whose 11th-grader bailed on Bronx Science after the 2015-16 school year.

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“It was not safe. It’s one of the best high schools in the country, and then you see the reality of what goes on in there — it’s insane. These kids are super smart, but they have zero common sense.”

The brawls occurred at Harris Field, just south of the school — with some fights held during school hours, according to the mom. Her son was the target of bullies at the school known more for its smarts than its slugfests, she said.

Bronx Science grads include eight Nobel Prize winners, eight winners of the National Medal of Science and six Pulitzer Prize winners — and no heavyweight champions.

The Education Department, in a statement, said “the non-school related incidents took place last year and were reported to the NYPD.”

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Department officials “take these reports very seriously and are continuing to monitor the situation,” the statement concluded.

Bronx high school of science students are uploading student fight club videos to private Facebook group called Savage Season that has 1,450 members.

Bronx high school of science students are uploading student fight club videos to private Facebook group called Savage Season that has 1,450 members.

Bronx high school of science students are uploading student fight club videos to private Facebook group called Savage Season that has 1,450 members.

Bronx high school of science students are uploading student fight club videos to private Facebook group called Savage Season that has 1,450 members.

More than three dozen videos were posted on the “Savage Season” Facebook page for its 1,516 private members.

The mother of the former student said she informed school officials about the fights four months ago, but the administrators insisted they were powerless because the fights were in the park.

One student brawler, who goes by the name of Jefe, told The News that the outdoor fights before a crowd of 100 students were no big deal.

“It’s a volunteer thing,” said the 17-year-old senior. “You do it for publicity. It gets you the laugh … I’ve fought in about two or three. It’s not a big deal. It makes you cool.”

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The originators of the al fresco fights were mostly seniors who graduated this past June — but some in the Class of ’17 kept the swinging showdowns alive.

“It’s mostly pushing and shoving,” said the senior. “You don’t get bruised really. You get caught in a mob mentality.”

Despite his claim, one of the videos showed a bigger student pounding on a smaller kid who leaves the fight with a bloody lower lip.

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Bronx Science grads include eight Nobel Prize winners, eight winners of the National Medal of Science and six Pulitzer Prize winners.

(Howard Simmons/New York Daily News)

Other Bronx Science students approached at the park laughed off questions about the intramural fistfights — although they were annoyed that word of the secret brawls had leaked.

But the matchups were actually advertised on the website. A Sept. 29 post showed a pair of would-be combatants pictured side by side over the tag line, “Alik Vs. Izzy, Once in a Lifetime.”

When the fight apparently went off last Wednesday, kids who missed it posted on the Facebook page demanding the video.

“Pull up with the footage,” wrote one impatient student.

The high school for aspiring Stephen Hawkings has a well-documented culture of bullying and hazing that dates back years.

Current principal Jean Donahue took over in 2013 after predecessor Valerie Reidy stepped down following a track team hazing scandal.

There are 11 fight videos on the page established in May 2015 by a Bronx alum who uses an alias Saab Dude.

There are 11 fight videos on the page established in May 2015 by a Bronx alum who uses an alias Saab Dude.

Bronx high school of science students are uploading student fight club videos to private Facebook group called Savage Season that has 1,450 members.

Bronx high school of science students are uploading student fight club videos to private Facebook group called Savage Season that has 1,450 members.

The brawls occurred at Harris Field, just south of the school — with some fights held during school hours, according to a concerned mom who spoke to The News. 

Three student athletes were arrested and charged with forcible touching, endangering an incompetent person and hazing — all on school grounds.

The bright “Fight Club” students threw a few shots at the faculty, too. One poster used the name Jon Cruz — referring to a former teacher and debate team coach who pleaded guilty last month to paying teenage boys for nude photos.

And the page itself threw down the gauntlet at the principal: “This page is directly affiliated with cyber bullying. Come at me Donahue.”

The principal did not reply to a request for comment.

There was an indication on the Facebook page that the faculty was aware of the off-campus violence.

“There are school deans on savage season we are currently working to circumvent this thank you for your patience,” wrote one of the organizers.

The Education Department, in a statement, said “the non-school related incidents took place last year and were reported to the NYPD.”

The Education Department, in a statement, said “the non-school related incidents took place last year and were reported to the NYPD.”

Some of the fight videos ran as long as six minutes, with the fighters wearing boxing gloves, MMA-style mitts or brawling bare-fisted.

Many of the students watching used their phones to shoot their own videos as the rest stood in a circle, cheering or mocking the combatants.

“Oh, s—! We need a ref!” shouted one student during a May 18, 2015, fight where one of the fighting kids landed a kick to the other’s face.

“Don’t you worry, he’s fine,” replied another student. “Unless somebody’s knocked out, you don’t stop the fight.”

The mother of the ex-Bronx Science student said the thrill of her son winning a coveted spot in the high school dissipated when she learned about the fist fights.

“When our children took the test and got into Bronx Science, we were so happy and so proud,” she said. “And then it was like, ‘What the hell have we done?’

“They need to stop this. What happens if a kid who gets hit in the head dies?”

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