Principal is suspended for letting Fetty Wap film video at his old high school

Fetty says he shot video to inspire local students

The principal who let Fetty Wap film his new video at his old high school has been suspended.

The video for Fetty’s new single ‘Wake Up’ was shot East Side High School in Paterson, New Jersey and was released on April 20. In it, a stripper dances on a pole inside a classroom. There are also numerous drug references, including banners and posters with the slogan “Go Team Kush” referring to a brand of marijuana.

Fetty, real name Willie Maxwell, dropped out of East Side High as a teenager in the Noughties. But he said in a statement yesterday (June 1) that the video to inspire local students.


Fetty said: “I went back to my old high school because I love my city. I wanted to show the students of Paterson that someone who walked those same hallways they walk every day and sat in the same classrooms shown in the video has become successful. If I can do it they can do it too.”

But East Side High principal Zatiti Moody has been placed on leave following claims that proper procedures weren’t followed in allowing the video to be shot on school grounds.

Paterson district education spokesman Terry Corallo said an investigation was taking place into the video. He added that the district “does not endorse the content” of the video. School governor Kenneth Simmons said: “I’m proud of Fetty Wap’s success. But as a parent and school board member, I think the video sends out the wrong message. To me, it glorifies dropping out of school and getting high.”