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'Fresh Prince' theme song causes school lockdown

'Fresh Prince' theme song causes school lockdown

The theme song to the television show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" is being blamed for putting schools in Beaver County, Pennsylvania on lock down. 

According to timesonline.com, there was a heightened alert for all schools in the county for 20 minutes after a line from the theme song was taken as a threat. 

The strange misunderstanding began when a local eye doctor's office called a phone belonging to 19-year old Travis Clawson to remind him of an upcoming appointment.  The Ambridge High School student did not answer and the call went to his voice mail.  The voice mail greeting  features Clawson mimicking the line from the "Fresh Prince" theme that says "and all shooting some B-ball outside of the school." 

Apparently, the receptionist misunderstood the message for a threat about "shooting people outside of the school."  She then called the police, who put local schools on lockdown and searched for Clawson.  They eventually found him in the high school guidance cousellor's office and took him into custody.  

James Mann of the Ambridge Police department says Clawson told them he only meant to imitate Will Smith's song from the "Fresh Prince."  Mann also believes that "everyone acted appropriately" to keep the local children safe.   

 

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