(WMC-TV) – There was outrage from morning radio to Facebook after a video showing kids flashing cash at Cordova High School went viral, but you may be surprised by what Action News 5 discovered about the video.
People flocked to a local radio station's website in such numbers Monday morning that the traffic supposedly crashed the site.
But it turns out, the video is old and the students in it have already been investigated.
In the YouTube video entitled "Cordova High Wildin," students can be seen flashing cash in what their classmates say was in a style reminiscent of a rap video.
At one point in the video, one of the students even makes it rain by throwing dollar bills onto the parking lot.
Another student shows off his wad inside the school among a crowd in the men's room.
But the flashing of cash and throwing of so-called gang signs was enough to concern many adults who first saw the video on Facebook or heard about it on the radio Monday morning.
"To me, the message it's sending to me is money is more important than school, activities and athletics," said Ryan Bushart, of Cordova.
"You know, there are certain things that should not be allowed in school," said Gregory Porter, of Cordova. "You know, you're going there to get an education"
However, the video that's getting so much attention now isn't even from this school year.
It was actually posted in June 2011.
The school district confirms it was recorded at Cordova High, but a spokesman said that most of the students in the video no longer attend the school.
"Those who do were questioned by the school last year and it appears that no one did anything wrong or in violation of Board Policy or the law," said an MCS spokesman in an email