'Fresh Prince' lockdown: Pennsylvania school locked down over TV theme
Who knew "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme song could cause so much trouble about 17 years after the series went off the air.
A high school in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, was locked down after a receptionist misheard a lyric from the show's theme song that was recorded as the outgoing message of a student's voice mail, The Associated Press reports.
The receptionist was attempting to confirm an appointment with Travis Clawson, a 19-year-old student, and believed she heard Clawson say in his rendition of the song "shooting people outside of the school." The lyric he was referencing is actually "shooting some b-ball outside of school," a reference to basketball.
The receptionist then called 911 and police arrested Clawson a short time later. However, he was released after he explained the message to officers.
Acting police Chief James Mann told the AP police acted "appropriately" out of concern for students' welfare. Meanwhile, Clawson's family has contacted an attorney.
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" ran from 1990 to 1996 and starred Will Smith in the lead role as a kid from West Philadelphia who is sent to live with his uncle and aunt in the affluent neighborhood of Bel-Air, California.
In May 2012, Will Smith actually led a group sing-a-long of the show's theme on "The Graham Norton Show." Video of the sing-a-long can be seen below.
"Every country in the world, that is the thing that I am most known for," Smith said about the show. "No matter how big the movies get it's 'Fresh Prince' everywhere."
Smith led a sing-along of the theme song after Graham claimed it was a song "everyone knows." As Smith started the song the entire studio audience sang with the actor and rapper.
Smith and several cast members, including Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Alfonso Ribeiro and James Avery, reunited on December 2011 in a photo posted on Smith's official Facebook page. Actress Janet Hubert, who played the character Aunt Vivian on the show for three seasons before leaving the series following a contract dispute, did not appear in the photo.
Check out "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme song and Smith singing the song during his television appearance in May 2012.