Sky News:- A principal has been suspended after rapper Fetty Wap recorded a music video featuring drug references and a pole dancer at a New Jersey high school, according to a report.
Zatiti Moody, principal of operations at East Side High School in Paterson, was placed on leave pending an investigation into the video for the single Wake Up.
The video, released on 20 April, includes numerous drug references and features a scantily clad woman dancing on a pole inside a classroom.
Banners and posters seen in the video say “Go Team Kush”, a reference to a strain of marijuana.
Fetty Wap dropped out of the same school as a teenager. In a statement on Wednesday, he defended his actions.
He said: “I went back to my old high school because I love my city.
“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.”
Terry Corallo, a spokeswoman for the Paterson school district, told NJ.com that district was investigating whether proper procedures were followed in allowing parts of the video to be recorded at the school.
It was shot outside lesson times and does not include any students.
Community leaders have claimed the video glamorises negative behaviours.
Kenneth Simmons, a school board member, told The Record newspaper: “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.”
The Trap Queen performer, real name Willie Maxwell II, performed a free show for Paterson high school students in August.