A "Fresh Prince" lockdown in Pennsylvania is making headline news today. On March 1, Huffington Post reported that a 19-year-old student was the cause of this lockdown -- but he didn't do anything wrong. It was actually a big misunderstanding that had some people in a panic on Friday.
According to the report, a receptionist at a doctor's office called Ambridge Area High School student, Travis Clawson, to remind him of an upcoming appointment but she received his voicemail. For his voicemail message, Clawson kicks it "old school" and raps the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" theme song... Misinterpreted lyrics caused the receptionist to call police.
The "Fresh Prince" lockdown was put into action because the receptionist thought that the line "shooting b-ball outside of school" was actually "shooting people outside of school." Within minutes, police had notified the schools and the students were in "lockdown" for about a half an hour. Clawson was located by police and detained for 3 hours.
"He was afraid and embarrassed. Obviously staff at the doctor's office was embarrassed about the whole thing too," said Ambridge police officer Mike Natale. Given all of the recent school shootings, this was likely very frightening for some students, but luckily it was a false alarm.
The "Fresh Prince" lockdown situation has Clawson feeling very embarrassed and his father is pretty upset about the ordeal. He's worried that his son will feel bad facing his classmates upon returning to school on Monday.
© Effie Orfanides 2013