Teen’s Voicemail Greeting Triggers High School Lockdown

AMBRIDGE, Pa. (March 2, 2013)—A teenager’s voicemail greeting triggered a lockdown at his Pennsylvania high school after a receptionist heard but misinterpreted his rendition of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" theme song.

While trying to confirm an appointment with Travis Clawson, 19, the receptionist thought the message said, "Shooting people outside of the school."

The line is actually "shooting some b-ball," a reference to basketball.

The receptionist called 911 and police arrested Clawson a short time later at Ambridge Area High School.

They released him once he explained the message.

Acting police Chief James Mann says police acted "appropriately" out of concern for students' welfare.

Clawson's family has contacted an attorney.


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