The Will Smith family can't win this week. Not only was Jaden Smith reportedly at the heart of the FUBAR that was Justin Bieber's 19th birthday party (depending on who you ask), the theme song from his hit 90's sitcom "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" brought a high school to lockdown on Thursday.
It was due to 19-year-old Travis Clawson, or rather his outgoing voicemail message. The message, based on a lyric from the "Fresh Prince" theme, included the words "shooting" and "school," but not in the way a receptionist from a doctor's office interpreted to mean. She had called to remind Clawson about an upcoming appointment.
However, the receptionist heard what sounded like a threat. The lyric from the theme goes "And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school." Reportedly, the reception misheard the lyric as "shooting some people outside of the school."
The receptionist called 911 and police contacted school authorities, who put the Ambridge Area High School in Ambridge, Pa. into lockdown mode. Clawson was soon singled out in the Ambridge guidance office and arrested. He was released after he explained his message and police determined he was in fact rapping "b-ball" and not "people."
However, Clawson's family is not happy. They have contacted an attorney, saying that “An innocent young man was embarrassed,” his father said. “How is he supposed to go back to school and face his classmates?”
Once again, in this age of Columbine and Newtown, we'd say: suck it up. Even perceived threats, in this day and age, need to be investigated.
Watch the theme song below.