More anti-gun hysteria leads to school lock down
This is what happens when you encourage people to give in to their fear.
Beaver County schools had their lives "flipped, turned upside down" Thursday morning when a phone greeting involving the theme song from the 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" was taken as a threat.
All 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 greeting to callers was mistakenly taken as a threat about "shooting people outside of the school."
The actual line from the song is "And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school." Because it is a bit garbled, it is unclear from listening to Travis Clawson's phone message whether he inadvertently twisted the words or it just was misheard by the receptionist from his Sewickley eye doctor's office who sent the day's events in motion.
The receptionist called the Economy man's phone to remind him about an upcoming appointment, but Clawson did not pick up and she was sent to voice mail, where his greeting caused her to call Sewickley police, who then contacted Ambridge school officials.
When Ambridge passed the information along to local police, a countywide schools lockdown was advised because no one knew where Clawson was, and the 911 response system is designed to notify all schools of a situation.
Economy police finally made contact with Clawson late morning and discovered he was "chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool" in the guidance office of Ambridge's high school, which then was swarmed by officers who took him into custody.
They took him into custody...for singing the theme song from a TV show. Any comment I might make regarding the mental health and stability of officials in this school district would be meaningless. The joke tells itself.
There have been dozens of such incidents before and since Newtown, including the suspension of two boys who pointed fingers at one another on a playground, and the suspension of a 5 year old girl for telling her friend she wanted to "shoot" her with a "Hello Kitty Bubble Gun."
Enough is enough. Bring sanity back to securing our schools. The more incidents like that that happen, the greater the chance that a real threat will be missed.