Local High School Pulls The Plug On Wiz Khalifas “High School” Movie

Now two types of dogs have been allowed on Mira Costa High School’s campus – one that sniffs out drugs and one that indulges in them.

The latter, rapper Snoop Dogg, likely won’t be on campus again anytime soon. On Tuesday, school officials canceled the filming of his new movie at Mira Costa and decided not to accept facility use fees for the project.

The decision came two days after Snoop Dogg – the poster boy for pot smoking – and fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa were filming their new movie, “High School,” around the campus.

Several students posed with him during the Sunday filming, later posting the photos on Facebook. A photo of Vice Principal Paula Spence with the rapper also ended up on Facebook, a teacher said.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Khalifa said of the movie, “It’s about pot, of course.”

The teacher, who wanted to remain anonymous, said a video popped up on YouTube showing Snoop Dogg sitting on a desk in a Mira Costa classroom singing a song about having sex with mothers.

“It’s in a Costa classroom. It’s recognizable because of the stuff on the wall,” the teacher said.

Students in class began questioning teachers about the propriety of allowing the filming, one teacher said, noting that members of the Mira Costa baseball teams were recently suspended from playing amid rumors of drug and alcohol use.

“All day long, every single class was asking, `Did you hear about Snoop Dogg?

Why is the school letting this happen?’ They were questioning the inconsistency,” the teacher said.
Although no players were officially suspended from the team or school, according to school officials, parents have said some of the athletes were told that they would be benched for the rest of the season.

School district officials said they received a facility use application several weeks ago from Loop Productions for the filming of a movie represented to be a comedy about the typical life of a high school student. The application was approved for three days of filming, at a charge of $3,000 per day.

“After permission was granted to film, the project transitioned to another firm that is unfamiliar to the district,” Principal Ben Dale wrote in an email to staff on Tuesday. “The production team did not inform the district that the project had changed.”

Assistant Superintendent Steve Romines said once the district learned the true subject matter of the movie, they immediately canceled the contract.

“The district will not be receiving any facilities use fees for this canceled project. The district is also demanding that any footage taken not be used in the production,” Romines said.

Ellyn Schneider, the district’s executive director of educational services, said the school has worked to maintain an anti-drug environment.

“The MBUSD Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Task Force has worked tirelessly to create a campus culture at all school sites which advocates and supports healthy lifestyle choices,” Schneider said.

In support of that culture, the Manhattan Beach Unified school board late last year expanded its drug-sniffing dog program at the high school to allow the canines to enter classrooms during unannounced visits. Previously, the dogs were limited to lockers, backpacks hanging outside of classrooms and cars in parking lots.–DB