School Bans Gold Grills. Students Respond with Hip-Hop Track School Bans Gold Grills. Students Respond with Hip-Hop Track
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School Bans Gold Grills. Students Respond with Hip-Hop Track

by Liz Dwyer

February 26, 2011

Savannah High School principal Toney Jordan says he doesn't "allow my kids to talk to me with those removable gold teeth grills in their mouths, and we have a strict policy for tucking in shirttails." The Georgia principal is always reminding kids of the rules, so in response to his badgering, senior Raynell Murrel and his friends composed a rap song titled, "I Can't Hear You With That Gold in Your Mouth." Instead of giving them detention, the good-natured administrator encouraged their creative spark by helping them make a mini music video.

Jordan asked technology teacher Deborah Hargroves to assist the teens with the effort. She told the Savannah Morning News, "It has become a school-wide project. Everyone is going to have a part—the band, the cheerleaders, even the staff will do little dance routines." When it's finished, the teens plan to enter it in student media contests and, of course, have a video release party.

I'm not a fan of teens wearing grills, but it's great to see that Jordan and the rest of the Savannah High staff are savvy enough to know that engaging student interests—including hip-hop—can go a long way toward encouraging creativity and achievement. You can watch a bit of the video filming process, where the kids are clearly enjoying their moment in the spotlight, in the clip above.

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