A student at Washington Community High School was recently suspended for singing a song by Future.
According to local news outlet Heart of Illinois ABC, a female classmate had overheard the male student reciting “Draco”—from Future’s 2017 self-titled album—when she mistook the lyrics about firearms as a threat. She later reported him to the school’s officials. The student received a six-day suspension and is banned from attending any campus events for the rest of the year.
The student’s father Brandon Porter has argued that the “punishment is too much for the supposed crime.” “He was leaving class [and] headed to the bus. He was singing the lyrics and she felt threatened by the song, apparently,” Porter told Central Illinois Proud.
“He didn’t come out and just say, ‘Hey I’m going to do this to this person or do this here at this place,’ you know what I mean?” he explained. Porter added that his son was a “good boy” who has been duly punished.
Washington Community High School has declined to release a statement on student matters. Meanwhile, neither Future nor his reps have publicly commented on the incident.
This news follows another similar case last week. On September 11, a college student from Alabama was charged with making a terrorist threat after he wrote the lyrics from Tyler, the Creator’s 2011 song, “Radicals,” on school property.
According to Pitchfork, he scribbled the song’s refrain “Kill people, burn shit, fuck school” on a flip chart and then included his own message: “Hail Satan 666, praise the devil.” Police arrested the student the same day.