‘Fresh Prince’ Theme Song Causes High School Lockdown


| March 2, 2013 - 10:25 pm

19-year-old Travis Clawson had a super shitty day on Thursday after his outgoing voicemail message was mistaken for a mass shooting threat.

Clawson was enjoying another day of high school in Ambridge, Penn., when Ambridge Area High School went into lockdown mode. Clawson probably didn’t know it yet, but it was all his fault, unintentionally.

A doctor’s receptionist had phoned Clawson during the school day to remind him of an upcoming appointment. Clawson’s voicemail greeting, which quotes the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song, was misinterpreted by the person on the other end of the line. The receptionist reportedly misheard the line “and all shooting some b-ball outside of the school ” for “shooting some people outside of the school.”

The receptionist called 911 and police contacted school authorities, who put the county’s school into lockdown until they singled out Clawson in the Ambridge guidance office and arrested him. The teen was released after he explained his message and police determined he was in fact rapping “b-ball” and not “people.”

Clawson’s family was not happy. They have contacted an attorney. “An innocent young man was embarrassed,” his father told Times Online. “How is he supposed to go back to school and face his classmates?” We suggest he turns up on Monday wearing a neon nylon tracksuit.