A top private school was forced to apologise yesterday after hiring out buildings and grounds for a rapper’s explicit music video.
Governors at Mill Hill School, where fees are up to £33,717 a year, have launched an investigation after scenes included Stefflon Don naked in the shower and smoking marijuana in a dormitory.
The video storyline is about a new girl arriving in school. Stefflon Don’s character wins over classmates after playing in a football match where she swears at an opponent she suspects of diving.
The rapper’s character says: ‘What the f***? Are you going to drop just like that?’ She also makes an obscene gesture with her middle finger. Another scene in the Pretty Girl video shows Stefflon Don, 26, in the shower gyrating suggestively.
The film, which also includes ‘pupils’ dancing on desks in a classroom, ends with the dormitory scene in which the rapper smokes drugs with friends.
Yesterday Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: ‘The message being sent by this video popularises everything which good schools should be against – drug-taking, swearing, and overt sexuality.
‘These are all things which schools should be trying to guide pupils away from, not promoting them. Parents who are paying the fees for their children to go there will be appalled.’
He added: ‘Mill Hill has a fine reputation and one can only hope that they did not know what they were letting themselves in for. It’s a warning to all schools that they need to be very cautious before they hire out their premises.’
The school’s website includes information about how to ‘hire the school’ and its 150-acre grounds for ‘wedding receptions, christenings, bar mitzvahs, special occasion parties, corporate functions, dinner dances, balls, and filming and photographic shoots’.
It adds: ‘All events will be managed and can be catered by our highly skilled staff.’
Prices for hiring its sporting venues range from £20.83 to £33.33 per hour while a classroom is up to £25 per hour.
A school source has confirmed that the classroom and dormitory scenes were filmed on school premises. Stefflon Don, real name Stephanie Allen, was named Best Female at the MOBO Awards in 2017. Her hits include Hurtin’ Me.
After signing a £1.2million record deal with Polydor last year, she wrote to her 800,000 followers on Instagram: ‘The UK ain’t seen this s*** B4!!!’
Nearly 500,000 people have watched the video for Pretty Girl, which also features rapper, Tiggs da Author, on YouTube. A further nearly 200,000 saw it on Stefflon Don’s Instagram.
Stefflon, originally from Birmingham, has publicly stated that she does not drink or take drugs.
The school announced yesterday that Frances King has stepped down as its head, but denied it was related to the filming of the video.
A spokesman said governors grant permission, ‘from time to time’, for location shooting ‘to raise funds in accordance with their charitable objectives’.
He added: ‘Strict controls are in place on the suitability of the content. The governors are investigating how this filming was allowed to proceed and apologise for any offence caused.’
Last night a spokesman for Stefflon Don said: ‘We don’t have any comment.’
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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