Kentucky principal covers Queen in snow day message


Kentucky principal covers Queen in snow day message

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Feb 4, 2014

A Kentucky elementary school principal is making the best of Punxsutawney Phil's predicted snow days with Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Last week James Detwiler, principal of Stephens Elementary School in Burlington, fused creative forces with drama teacher Chad Caddell to record an updated version of his snow day phone message to parents.

“We just got a call, breaking news, school is closed, school is closed. Sorry parents for another day,“ the duo sings a la Queen. "So everyone grab a Snuggie and watch TV, or play the Wii and maybe read," Caddell hits with a high note.

Detwiler told, “It was ready to go, so when I got the call yesterday morning early [Monday, Feb. 3], I got up, got my coffee, pushed the button on my computer and it went out to everybody." The parents are "saying things like, 'Thanks for that laugh. That was hilarious. It’s been such a long winter so far — we really appreciated it.'"

After garnering 77,000 views in its debut day, Detwiler plans to use this astronomical social media reaction as a lesson to his students. “I don’t think I even recognized the power of social media until the last 24 hours,” said Detwiler. “It’s been so crazy. It just gives us an illustration to take to the kids, and say, ‘Social media is awesome. It can be used for good and for fun, but look at how powerful it is. You have to be careful what you put out there.'”

And if the video doesn't already speak for itself, let's not forget their YouTube "About" message: "By the way, if this video can gain us some exposure, AND you know of someone willing to help us out with some cash for technology, we DESPERATELY need it. Ellen? Rosie? Oprah? Jimmy Kimmel? We love our jobs - I hope you can tell!"

With a new snow storm looming, another voice message is already in the works.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.