Girl suspended for song about shooting teacher
‘On Top of Ol’ Smokey’ spoof gets Georgia teen five-day punishment
SUWANEE, Ga. - A high school student was suspended for five days after singing a spoof of "On Top of Ol' Smokey" that includes lyrics about shooting a teacher.
Beth Ann Cox, 16, a junior at Peachtree Ridge High School, said she had been humming the song during German class but denied singing loudly or directing the lyrics at her teacher, Phil Carroll.
"I'd had a song stuck in my head all day, like the tune of it," she said. "This kid in front of me asked me about the song. So I told him the words. I didn't say them loudly."
The song includes the lyrics: "On top of Ol' Smokey, all covered with blood, I shot my poor teacher with a .44 slug."
Sloan Roach, spokeswoman for Gwinnett County schools, located about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, disputed Cox's version of events. Roach said the student was discussing a grade with her teacher when she began singing the song out loud in class.
Administrators pulled Cox out of class later Friday and asked why she had threatened her teacher. She was suspended Monday.
Cox has had differences with the teacher in the past, said her mother, Suzanne Cox.
"We feel that Dr. Carroll has some kind of a vendetta out for our daughter. And he used this to take a stand against her," Suzanne Cox said.
Roach said the suspension was "appropriate disciplinary action" for disrupting class.