CLOSE
Leave a comment

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A principal at the New Jersey high school where rapper Fetty Wap recorded a music video has been placed on leave, according to a published report.

Paterson Superintendent Donnie Evans announced during a board of education meeting Wednesday night that East Side High School principal of operations Zatiti Moody has been placed on paid administrative leave, NorthJersey.com (http://bit.ly/1TKygZv) reported.

The school district is investigating how Fetty Wap was allowed to record the video that included drug references and a pole dancer in his old high school.

The Paterson native released the video for “Wake Up” last week.

Paterson school district spokeswoman Terry Corallo told NJ.com the district is investigating whether procedures were followed in allowing parts of the video to be recorded at Eastside High School. Fetty Wap dropped out of the school.

Corallo said the district doesn’t endorse the content of the video. It was shot during non-instructional hours and didn’t include students, she said.

The video released April 20 includes numerous drug references and features a scantily clad woman dancing on a pole inside a classroom. Numerous banners and posters seen in the video read, “Go Team Kush,” which references a strain of marijuana.

Toward the end of the video, a woman presumed to be a teacher takes an apple from her desk and uses it as a bong.

Some community leaders questioned why a video they say glamorizes negative behaviors was allowed to be filmed at the school.

“I’m from Paterson and I’m proud of his success, but as a parent and school board member I think it sends the wrong message,” Kenneth Simmons told The Record. “To me, it glorifies dropping out of high school and getting high.”

In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, the rapper defended his actions.

“I went back to my old high school because I love my city,” he said. “I wanted to show the students of Paterson that someone who walked those same hallways they walk every day and sat in the same classrooms shown in the video has become successful. If I can do it they can do it too.”

His recording label, 300 Entertainment, also voiced support for Wap.

The label “encourages and champions artistic expression and creativity from our artists,” the company said.

Fetty Wap performed a free show for city high school students in August.

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey school district is investigating how rapper Fetty Wap was allowed to record a music video that included drug references and a pole dancer in his old high school.

The Paterson native released the video for “Wake Up” last week.

Paterson school district spokeswoman Terry Corallo tells NJ.com (http://bit.ly/22xNIxW ) the district is investigating whether procedures were followed in allowing parts of the video to be recorded at East Side High School. Fetty Wap dropped out of the school.

Corallo says the district doesn’t endorse the content of the video. She says it was shot during non-instructional hours and didn’t include students.

A spokeswoman for Fetty Wap didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment.

Fetty Wap performed a free show for city high school students in August.

Like BlackAmericaWeb.com on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

(Photo Source: AP)

Also On Black America Web:
Find Out What Your Favorite Celebs Did On Instagram (09/01-09/07)
10 photos

Add Your Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s