‘Fresh Prince’ song triggers lockdown

When a student’s voice mail song was misheard as “shooting people outside the school” instead of “shooting some b-ball,” every school in Beaver County, Pennsylvania went on lockdown for 20 minutes, reports The Times. The lyrics come from the theme song of the 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

An eye doctor’s receptionist misheard the song when she called a high school student about an appointment. She called the school to report the “threat.” The school called the police. That set off a countywide lockdown.

The student was found in the school guidance office, “swarmed by officers” and taken into custody. He played them the song, which really did refer to “b-ball” and was released.

District Attorney Anthony Berosh said “authorities decided not to charge Clawson in the incident.” Charge him with what?

In a statement to parents, Ambridge Area Superintendent Erv Weischedel said, “The procedures in place were efficient and quickly implemented and proved to be successful.”  So locking down every school in the county because a kid in one school allegedly likes a song with suggestive lyrics is district policy.

The parents have “consulted an attorney about their options.”

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  1. SuperSub says:

    Can we just throw rotten fruit at these so-called adults? This, the pastry pistol, and Hello Kitty bubblegun are inexcusable.

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    What is interesting, as much as I wonder about reverse Darwinism of modern society, is how many of these clowns are suddenly showing up in public ed.
    Did we miss something until, say, ten years ago?

    • SuperSub says:

      Well, following your Darwinism theme… the environment has changed in public education. Instead of favoring competent, hard-working, knowledgeable individuals, the environment now selects for those who can tolerate and even thrive in the bureaucratic morass of public education.

  3. You have to be a moron to be a public school administrator.

  4. Mike in Texas says:

    Well you know, if you get in one little fight your Mom will get scared . . .

  5. Boy, we’ve really entered a silly season for K-12 ed. I would love to make up some absurd example here and say, “what next? ABC?”. However, I can’t think up anything sillier than pastry guns or Fresh Prince lockdowns. Reality, it seems, has trumped fantasy.

  6. There’s no doubt now; we’re definitely heading towards a future like the movie ‘Idiocracy’… Scary.

  7. Foobarista says:

    I’m tempted to stage a rousing recess game of “Cowboys and Indians”, complete with plastic tomahawks and toy guns, just to witness the complete and utter implosion of the academic idiocracy – er, leadership. The speaking tours and talk-show gigs may end up being worth the jail-time that would doubtless ensue.