Line From "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" Taken As Threat, School Locked Down
A particular line from one of Will Smith's biggest hits is taken as a gun threat.
A simple misunderstanding led to a very serious reaction from a Beaver County, Pennsylvania School earlier this week.
All the schools in the county were advised to lock down for about 20 minutes while police searched for a 19-year-old Ambridge Area High School student whose voicemail greeting, the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" song, was taken as a gun threat.
The line from the Will Smith song, "shooting some b-ball outside of the school," was taken to say, "shooting some people outside of the school."
A receptionist had called the student's phone to remind him of an eye doctor appointment. Upon hearing the voicemail, she quickly called police. Schools were advised to commence lock-down procedures, and the student was quickly apprehended and placed in custody.
After explaining the situation, police determined that the voicemail was, in fact, the student rapping the intro to the hit '90s TV series.
Ambridge Area Superintendent Erv Weischedel gave a positive spin on the situation, reports TimesOnline.com. “It gave us a wonderful chance to review our emergency procedures,” he said. “It was a good drill that went very, very well.”