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.”