Alabama High School Principal Created “Can’t Touch This” Parody Video For COVID-19
Aug 04, 2020 by apost team
With children going back to school in the coming weeks, principals around the country are getting creative. Educators are responsible for educating these kids, of course, but they are also tasked with keeping both the children and the staff safe.
One Alabama principal sprinkled this serious and crucial task with a little bit of humor, letting his students know that his humor is still in-tact in these unprecedented times.
We all know MC Hammer's hit song, "Can't Touch This." Dr. Quentin Lee, the principal at Childersburg High School in Alabama, wrote a rap about Covid-19 to the tune of Mc Hammer's hit. His purpose was to let his students know that staff is under a lot of pressure, but they will do everything they can to keep their students safe and do so without sacrificing their good spirits.
Some of the lyrics are absurdly clever. Written by Dr. Lee completely on his own, the rap includes some side-splitting likes such as, “COVID! Is stressing me, all the updates from the CDC. Lysol! Can’t be found, I’ve looked all around this town.”
According to Alabama News Center, the principal spent about 15 or so minutes putting the song together. He has always had a knack for writing. After putting it together and getting a laugh, he decided to actually turn it into a PSA for his students and their parents. He called on the talented Jaylen Mitchell of City Vizualz to film the video and even got a few students and a teacher to participate it its making, under social distancing, of course.
It has become an overnight sensation. In a few days, the video has racked up over 300,000 views. And who wouldn't want to watch Dr. Lee's video? It features incredible dance moves and a very important message.
Throughout the video, the principal takes viewers on a tour of the high school. It shows him reminding students to socially distance, wear their masks, wash their hands, and cover their mouths. He hides behind vending machines, prepared to spray them down with disinfectant after students use them, and he dances towards students and teachers with a measuring tape, a reminder of the six-foot distancing measures that are being recommended by the CDC.
Dr. Lee is no stranger to parodies. In fact, when the Covid-19 pandemic reached the United States, Dr. Lee began making music and videos meant to be lighthearted. He describes one of these earlier videos in an attempt to share with students and parents "how I’ve been feeling in this COVID pandemic.” Moments into the song the hilarious educator just starts to scream. His honesty and candor are both charming and funny.
According to AL.com, Dr. Lee became Childersburg High School's principal in 2017. It was not his first administrative position, as he had been apart of the Talladega County School District for years before and was previously the band director at another high school in the area. This educator clearly has a passion for education, music, and humor, and at a time like this one, we could all use a little comedic relief.
Teachers, principals, and other adults who work in the school systems across the country have been tasked with an intense undertaking. Fortunately, educators like Dr. Lee are equipped to keep students learning and safe and doing so in a manner that brings a smile to our faces. Instead of succumbing to the pressure and stress that the pandemic has brought to adults everywhere, this principal has decided to take it head on and turn it into a musical!
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