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Bronx Principal Anissa Chalmers Criticized for Role as a Gangbanger in Violent Movie

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Bronx elementary school principal Anissa Chalmers was lambasted yesterday by Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott for playing the dramatic role of a foul-mouthed gangbanger in a B-movie.

Parents at PS 132 in Morrisania were alarmed to learn Chalmers, 40, moonlighted in the unrated film “Gang Girl” as a drug-dealing, robbing, raping, murdering gangbanger.

“The chancellor is aghast at the images in and content of the film, which are totally inappropriate,’’ said a DOE spokeswoman. Chalmers had a waiver to appear in the movie, but the DOE said they did not realize the content of the film.

“The chancellor is always concerned about both real and perceived violence and its impact on students,” the spokeswoman said.

Chalmers, who makes $129,920 a year, is now under investigation by the Department of Education for an undisclosed allegation.

The low-budget 2009 film set in the Bronx features Chalmers’ character, Queen V, who reportedly shoots an innocent woman in as an initiation rite, rapes and kills a man for revenge, and murders three others. Chalmers appears to have an indie film career on the side. According to IMDB, she also appeared in “Speedsuit” (2012), “We All Fall Down” (2011), and “Surrender” (2009).

Some teachers at the school criticized the principal as a role model in statements made to the Post. “She’s like the ‘Gang Girl’ principal,” one said. “The video is reflective of her personality at school — the bullying, in-your-face approach. She can be very intimidating.”

Another parent defended Chalmers saying “She’s a great principal. Ronald Reagan waved a gun in Western movies, and he became president of the United States.”

Sources: NY Post, Daily Mail