No doubt Sashwat Singh’s rap lyrics are rude, crude and socially unacceptable, as we used to say when I was in high school. Should the 15-year-old honor student be kicked out of Brookfield Central High in Wisconsin for rapping — at home after school — about kicking the principal’s ass? Surely that’s a meaningless boast, not a real threat.
Singh was suspended for five days when the principal got hold of his rap disc; he may face expulsion, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Over the course of three months, Sashwat Singh wrote and recorded a 32-minute, 14-track rap compact disc featuring rants that made reference to illegal drug use and explicit sexual acts. He denigrates classmates, his mother and his high school. One track is a rap he used when campaigning to be class treasurer.
I’d love to know more about the class treasurer rap. And he dissed his mom? That Eminem fellow has a lot to answer for.
School administrators called the disc, which includes a song about the principal, Mark Cerutti, and conditions at the school, “gross disobedience or misconduct,” an offense on par with making a bomb threat, bringing guns to school and arson.
. . . The vulgar lyrics suggest that if Cerutti doesn’t get out of Brookfield, Singh will “beat your ass down.” Singh, a Brookfield Central junior, also uses a slew of sexually explicit slurs to describe Cerutti.
So, he rhymed disprespectfully about the principal while at home, and gave or sold the disc to a few classmates. The boy’s lawyer now says he was expressing his opinion that his school is run like a “police state.” No kidding.