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"Rocky Top" deemed inappropriate for Plymouth Rockies


Plymouth High School has been playing the song "Rocky Top" for years at their football games, but now school administration says no more.  The Superintendent says the lyrics of the song talk about things that the school doesn't stand for and doesn't want to promote.

"Somebody brought it up to me a couple of weeks ago," says Superintendent Dan Tyree, "and said 'you guys celebrate to Rocky Top after every touchdown and the song talks about going into the hills and living the good life and drinking moonshine.'"

The Superintendent says he wasn't aware of the lyrics, but now that he is, the decision has been made to stop playing the song.  "I think schools need to take a stand against the use of alcohol and playing a song like that and celebrating to it after every touchdown, and our school scores a lot of touchdowns, you know it just doesn't make sense."

Students are not happy the song is gone.  They song "Rocky Top" goes along well with their mascot, "The Rockies"  "I thought it was stupid just cause it's been that way for years," said Jessica Celner.  Britta Read said, "I was pretty bummed out that they banned it just cause I like the tune."  And Colleen Scarborough said, "I didn't think it was that big of a deal, nobody knew what the song said anyways."

They say they didn't know the lyrics until the song was banned.

Superintendent Tyree says the school song used to be played after touchdowns.  Students say they'd be ok with that, they just want a song played.  "Just a song they play to lift up our spirits when we score a touchdown," said Celner.

Students have started a petition to get "Rocky Top" playing again.  We're told it already has over 500 signatures.  And The Superintendent does know about the petition.  He said he's "not in the habit of reversing" his decisions.  But he is willing to sit down and talk with Student Leaders about this.

When FOX28 was at the football game at Plymouth High School Friday night students were singing "Rocky Top" after touchdowns.

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