School lockdown linked to 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' theme song

By Deana DeLisio,

A Philadelphia teen’s voicemail of the “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song was the cause of a high school lockdown.

A receptionist tried calling 19-year-old Travis Clawson to confirm a doctor's appointment when she was directed to his voicemail, which featured the theme song from the 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. When she heard a line from the song, “shooting some b-ball,” she misunderstood it as, “shooting some people outside of the school,” and immediately called the police, WPXI reported.

Clawson was soon arrested at Ambridge Area High School. However, police granted him the opportunity to explain his voicemail, which apparently set him free, The Associated Press reported.

The entire school and district was on lockdown all of Friday, and Clawson’s parents have contacted an attorney.

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” was on the air from 1990 to 1996. Over the years, there has been controversy over this particular line in the song, though to say, for example, ”shootin’ some people outside of the school,” or “shooting some meatball outside of the school.”



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