Schools in Beaver County, Pennsylvania were shutdown on the basis for a voicemail greeting in which a student sings the theme air of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” That’s right, there appears little inquiry that is made between a call of a receptionists who misheard the lyrics of a song and a total police shutdown of a county.
This lunacy began after a receptionist at an eye doctor’s office called Travis Clawson, 19, to confirm his appointment and got his voice mail. Clawson’s voice mail has him singing the theme song which includes a line “shooting some b-ball outside of the school.” The receptionist heard “shooting people outside the school.” So she called the police.
Now that this point that someone might have wanted to wonder about the likelihood of a mass murderer recording his plan to shoot people in a recorded voice mail tune. Then there is the rest of the song that seem a bit consistent with a homicidal student.
Now this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-air
In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys, they were up to no good
Started making trouble in my neighbourhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
And said “You’re moving with your auntie and uncle in Bel-air”
I whistled for a cab and when it came near the
License plate said “fresh” and had a dice in the mirror
If anything I could say that this cab was rare
But I thought nah, forget it, yo homes to Bel-air!
I pulled up to a house about seven or eight
And I yelled to the cabby “Yo, homes smell you later!”
Looked at my kingdom I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the prince of Bel-air
It is not clear if anyone bothered to call the number and hear the theme song and either recognize it as the song from The Prince of Bel-Air or actually listen to the line. Instead, schools across the county were forced into lockdown for about 30 minutes as police searched for Clawson. He was found in his class at Ambridge High School and detained for three hours. Three hours. Again, why wouldn’t a ten second call to the voice mail put this to rest? It appears that they spent three hours confirming the location of Will Smith as a potential co-conspirator.
Now many of this see this story as a case of sheer lunacy, but Ambridge Area School District Superintendent Erv Weischedel felt it was a positive experience in showing that “”[w]hile this situation can be considered to be a false alarm, it was an excellent opportunity to test our emergency procedures. The procedures in place were efficient and quickly implemented and proved to be successful.” First, I would go a little further than saying that “this situation can be considered to be a false alarm.” It was a false alarm. It was the song of The Prince of Bel-Air. Second, if I were a parent, I would be more concerned that my children were under the supervision of people with little judgment or deductive reasoning.