Ky. school's snow day message set to Queen’s 'Bohemian Rhapsody' really rocks

Stephens Elementary principal James Detwiler and drama teacher Chad Caddell recorded the message.
By Evan Bleier  |  Feb. 4, 2014 at 12:07 PM
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BURLINGTON, Ky., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The principal at Stephens Elementary in Burlington, Ky., decided to have a little fun with a message announcing that the school would be closed on Monday because of snow.

James Detwiler enlisted the help of drama teacher Chad Caddell and the dynamic duo recorded a message set to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

“We’ve had several cancellations and delays this year and I just got tired of hearing my voice over and over again delivering that same message,” Detwiler told “Parents and students deserve a chuckle.”

“I laughed hysterically,” said parent Julia Pile after watching the 52-second video.

Boone County Schools have already missed nine days this winter.

According to the message that accompanies the video:

“We like to have fun at our school. So, after several school closings due to snow and cold, we recorded this call to parents to see if we could make them laugh. I think we succeeded. Boone County Schools in Kentucky is one of the nation's finest. And, our awesome parents deserve this chuckle. 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!”

“We want our students to see that there are fun ways to use technology and social media to be creative,” Detweiler said.

Caddell wrote the lyrics to in under 15 minutes and it took about five minutes to rehearse and record the tune.

“Good teaching is good theater,” Caddell said. “At Stephens we have created a place of laughter and fun. It’s not that we’re not working hard, we are. We take education very seriously, just not ourselves seriously.”

The clip has over 91,000 views and counting.

“It’s a positive spin on the cold and snow and hopefully even an encouragement to our families,” Caddell said. “We didn’t do it for the attention, we did it for the love of our students.”

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