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‘Fresh Prince’ Voice Mail Message Prompts High School Lockdown

With all the school shootings in America these days, it’s no wonder people are a bit more on edge.

This is especially the case with one receptionist from a Pennsylvania eye doctor’s office. After hearing a voice mail message from 19-year-old high school student, Travis Clawson, in which he quotes the lyrics from the famous theme song of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the receptionist alerted authorities that the student may be planning to shoot up his high school, reports Philly.com.

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The confusion stems from a single passage from the ridiculously well-known and catchy theme song. Clawson quotes in his message “…just shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school,” and that was enough for the receptionist’s red flags to go up.

The receptionist was calling Clawson to confirm an appointment and when she heard the message, she immediately phoned the Ambridge area high school’s authorities and prompted a full lockdown. Police swarmed the school and found the student in the guidance office and he was taken into custody.

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I can (sort of) understand how the receptionist could confuse the quote with a shooting threat, especially if the receptionist had never heard the song before (is it possible for someone to not be at least a little familiar with the Fresh Prince rap?). It really goes to show you how the amount of school violence these days has frightened us to expect the worst and to live on pins and needles.

James Mann, acting police chief in Ambridge, interviewed Clawson and he said he meant no harm in the voice mail message. The student’s family isn’t taking the misunderstanding lightly, however, and has hired an attorney.

“An innocent young man was embarrassed,” Clawson’s father told the Beaver County Times. “How is he supposed to go back to school and face his classmates?”

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