The principal from Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey, got a surprising "wake up" call from the administration Wednesday night, when the school board decided to suspend him for letting rapper Fetty Wap, use the school as the setting of his latest music video, "Wake Up."
Leaders of the Paterson community were not pleased and questioned why a video that glamorizes negative behaviors was even allowed to be filmed at the high school in the first place.
The school district has launched an investigation as to how Fetty Wap was allowed to record the video that included drug references and a pole dancer in his old high school.
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In a statement, the rapper defended his right to film at his former high school claiming, "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."
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Fetty Wap (real name Willie Maxwell) was a former student at Eastside but dropped out when he was a teenager.
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Principal gets suspended over Fetty Wap music video
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Fetty Wap visits at SiriusXM Studios on September 25, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Fetty Wap (L) and his mother attend Fetty Wap's album release party on September 24, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Rapper Fetty Wap performs at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 06: Rapper Fetty Wap performs at Foxtail Pool at SLS Las Vegas on September 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
WANTAGH, NY - AUGUST 23: Fetty Wap performs at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 23, 2015 in Wantagh, New York. (Photo by Zachary Mazur/FilmMagic)
CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 16: Fetty Wap performs during the One Hell of a Night Tour at DTE Energy Center on August 16, 2015 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27: Rapper Fetty Wap attends Fashion and Beauty @BETX presented by Pantene during the 2015 BET Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 07: Fetty Wap performs in concert at the 2015 Hot 97 Summer Jam concert at MetLife Stadium on June 7, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Manny Carabel/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) Recording artist Fetty Wap visits Music Choice on June 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12, 2015 - Recording artist Fetty Wap poses for a portrait at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A on April 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.