School System Takes Song on Voicemail Seriously

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Police were on hand at Mercer County schools on Wednesday morning because of a song that was left on an school board employees voicemail.

Police were at Mercer County schools on Wednesday, worried the song "How Far We've Come", by Matchbox 20, may have been a threat.

School officials tell 27 NEWSFIRST someone called Betty Sims, who is the district director of pupil personnel, and left the song on her voice mail.

Police say the song had some inappropriate lyrics, such as "say your goodbyes", and "the world is burning to the ground".

That call came in at about 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. Police have subpoenaed phone records to try to figure out who made the call.

School board officials believe the message could have been left by a disgruntled student, but they are not ruling anyone out.

Harrodsburg police say there was never a direct threat made toward the employee or to any student or teacher. This was just a precautionary measure to ensure their safety.

Once they find the person responsible, they say they will then determine if and what charge the person will face.


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  • by Brandon Location: Lawrenceburg, Ky on Nov 23, 2008 at 05:14 PM
    Is this seriously even an issue? Have any of the officials even listened to this song, aside from the out of context bits and pieces of lyrics played on the news? I could almost understand this being an issue had the song actually been an aggressively offensive one, but seriously.. Matchbox Twenty? I understand that high school children often aren't creative enough to make their own decisions, but come on, people. Does anyone know if there has been a follow-up to this story? Because I know that I personally will contact the band and let them know of the huge misinterpretation of their music.
  • by Doug Location: London on Nov 22, 2008 at 10:44 AM
    Smart alecks abound!!!!!!!!!!! If the school system did nothing and someone was killed, then you all would be cring, WHY didn't they do any thing about this. Can't please everyone, can we??
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2008 at 09:47 PM
    Maybe someone was calling them from a business and put them on hold before they answered and that was playing on the radio used for their hold music. Some businesses have radio playing for their hold music, some have XM radio..
  • by Hee Haw on Nov 21, 2008 at 07:48 PM
    Twas the night before the recording and all through the lounge, teachers were drinking and smoking like a bunch of clowns. When on the answering machine there came such a clatter. They crawled from their chairs to see what was the matter. To their blood shot eyes and stopped up ears "Santa's Coming To Town" was playing and brought gut wrenching fear. Upon the school roof top they stumbled and fell. One came down the chimney like a bat out of he**. He staggered and stumbled toward the door, he almost made it but he wet the floor. So to all a good night, and don't let the recordings bite. Merry whatever you people think it is there.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Nov 21, 2008 at 04:51 AM
    My two year old put in a Barney dvd the other day and it started singing. I felt threatened as well. May I file charges against him? I would like to sue for his sippy cup collection.
  • by PantherTeacher Location: Kentucky on Nov 20, 2008 at 09:51 AM
    The people crying about how stupid this is will be the same ones crying when some disgruntled student acts out with violence about how the schools don't care enough about messages or threats. To just say that song has the SAME meaning to everyone who listens to it is assuming quite a bit. Who is to say that the person who left the recorded message didn't perceive it in a different context. Youth today act totally radical in some situations that we would just assume would be peaceful or calm to the average person. I would caution those of you who are laughing and trying to make the authorities look stupid to back up and say, 'better safe than sorry'.
  • by Kevin Location: Kentucky on Nov 20, 2008 at 07:44 AM
    DPPs can carry guns, reply to the message with a nice quote from John Wayne and move on. Schools just can't win on these things, either inform everyone and cause hysteria or don't and be covering up. What a world we live in.
  • by Kelly Location: Paris on Nov 20, 2008 at 06:00 AM
    Maybe they had a crush on the teacher?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2008 at 05:51 AM
    I'm wondering why the same precautions aren't taken when teachers are actually threatened by students face to face?
  • by Jason Location: Danville on Nov 19, 2008 at 08:42 PM
    Thank God it wasn't "At A Medium Pace" by Adam Sandler.
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