It seems that a simple misunderstanding led to a very serious reaction in Beaver County, PA earlier this week.
According to sources, all the schools in the county were advised to lock down for a period of about 20 minutes while law enforcement officials searched for a 19 year old student they believed to be a threat. All this stems from a voicemail greeting in which the student raps several lines from the famous “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song. One particular line was taken as a gun threat.
The line “shooting some b-ball outside of the school’ was mistakenly taken to say, “shooting some people outside of the school.” The confusion started when a school receptionist called the student’s phone to remind him of eye checkup and heard the greeting. She immediately hung up the phone and contacting the local police department, who in turn, called for a county wide lockdown of schools.
Subsequently, the student was quickly apprehended and taken into custody while the entire matter was sorted out. The student explained that he was simply rapping the lyrics to the popular 90’s TV show theme song and after investigating the matter, the police concurred that the student was indeed rapping the lyrics and not making a gun threat.
The Ambridge Area Superintendent, Erv Weischedel attempted to put a positive spin on the ordeal.
“It gave us a wonderful chance to review our emergency procedures,” he said. “It was a good drill that went very, very well.”