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A dozen students suspended over rap video

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TAWAS, MI (WNEM) -

A dozen students were suspended over a derogatory video they produced.

Jeff Hutchison is the superintendent for Tawas Area Schools. Nine of the students were suspended three days for making part of the production on school grounds.

"The video is very shocking. And I think that many of the community members and parents alike would be disappointed in the behavior of the students at that time and the video itself as a whole," Hutchison said.

Hutchison said they displayed what's referred to in the student handbook as gross misbehavior.

"The school grounds is really what caused the handbook to apply," Hutchison said.

The three other students play sports and their role in the video was shot at the local Walmart. Even though they were off school property, Hutchison said they still violated the athletic code of conduct. They were suspended for one game.

Jay Tyo was part of the video.

"I don't feel like we did anything wrong really. I mean we were just having some fun and we didn't know that we couldn't be on our school's property after school," Tyo said.

He doesn't think he should've been suspended.

"What they got us for in the handbook I don't feel is right. I feel like the one kid who performed the lyrics in it might have gone against it but the rest of us didn't," Tyo said.

Tyo said he's actually over the whole thing. He's just ready to go back to school and move on.

"I mean I'd be in another music video. I don't know if I'd do it on school property," Tyo said.

Hutchison said all the students in the video are good kids who made a bad decision.

"I think it shows poorly on them as individuals. I think it shows poorly on our community and our school district as well," Hutchison said.

Parents reached out to TV5 and said their kids didn’t know the video they helped make was full of foul language and suggestive behavior.

Hutchison disagrees.

He said he believes all the students knew what they were doing, and he hopes they’ve learned a lesson.

"Think twice and make a better choice before they make another product like this and put it out for the world to see," Hutchison said.

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