A principal and drama teacher in Burlington, Kentucky, are making national headlines for their unique method of informing families that school is canceled.
James Detwiler is the principal of Stephens Elementary School. He and teacher Chad Caddell uploaded a video Monday that now has almost a million views. In it, the duo reworks Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" with lyrics reflecting the school's snow day.
"So, after several school closings due to snow and cold, we recorded this call to parents to see if we could make them laugh," they wrote in the video's description. "I think we succeeded."
They did, and soon received national attention, media inquiries, and a donation from ePromos.
Apparently the 900,000-plus views overwhelmed the school. Earlier today, Detwiler released a second and what he called a final video.
"I'm going to turn this whole thing around to the most important people: the students," Detwiler explains in the clip. "But I wanted to challenge the students. What you saw Mr. Caddell and I do with our video; we were really using all of our 21st century skills: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking."
With that, the principal asks his students to create something with their free time today. Specifically, Detwiler encourages them to submit an entry to the Northern Kentucky Has Talent student video contest. Online voting for the competition begins on Feb. 10.
He then "kicks it old school" and continues to collaborate (and listen) in yet another song cover — this time Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby." The song choice makes perfect sense, with the weather forecast in Boone County calling for an expected high of 28 and scattered flurries.
So cold, so cold.