Receptionists should be packing heat?

I noticed this in the Washington Post:

Schools in a Pennsylvania county were put on lockdown after a receptionist misunderstood the words of the theme song to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” which a student had as his cellphone greeting, and thought the teen was going to commit violence.

According to the The Times of Beaver, Pa., the receptionist on Thursday called 19-year-old Travis Clawson, a student at Ambridge Area High School, to remind him of an appointment and heard Clawson’s voice mail greeting, his own rendition of the theme to the 1990s hit show starring Will Smith. She thought she heard the words “shooting people outside of the school,” The Times reported, though the actual words of the song are, “And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school.”

The receptionist called the police, who put all Beaver County schools on lockdown while they looked for Clawson, who, it turned out, was in his guidance counselor’s office. Police took him into custody. …

How threatened did that receptionist feel? With the insane stand-your-ground laws she could have easily blown-away a kid who pulled a cell phone on her.

Fresh Prince

(Although I wonder about this story: a High School boy of today is into The Fresh Prince of Bel Air? Then again, it is Pennsylvania.)

A note on voter ID

At the Republican State Committee meeting, Pennsylvania Republican House Leader Mike Turzai openly admitted the truth about voter identification efforts —  they are meant to suppress Democratic votes in this year’s election and will win the election for Mitt Romney. Specifically, Turzai said:

“We are focused on making sure that we meet our obligations that we’ve talked about for years,” said Turzai in a speech to committee members Saturday. He mentioned the law among a laundry list of accomplishments made by the GOP-run legislature.

“Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it’s done. First pro-life legislation – abortion facility regulations – in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”

Of course the Republicans are not clamoring for anything that would eliminate election fraud. That could well backfire on their plans. But those three or four voters that were caught trying to vote using someone else’s ID are more than enough reason to make it very difficult for working people, students, minorities, and people with the same name as known felons to vote.

It’s important to note that Turzai also identified having successfully implemented pro-gun doctrines and pro-life doctrines, the strange combination of allowing life to be taken violently while still demanding that life is sacred.


Here is another article on the same subject, this one called The Republican War on Elections.