- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A high school marching band in central Pennsylvania can’t perform hit songs by Bruno Mars and Fall Out Boy because of their suggestive lyrics.

The East Lancaster County school board banned “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Thnks fr th Mmrs” from students’ play list even though the words wouldn’t be sung.

Garden Spot High School has been rehearsing instrumental versions of the popular tunes. But now they can’t perform them, following Monday’s 6-3 board vote.

Board member Heidi Zimmerman says people know the songs’ words anyway. She called the lyrics “trashy” and “inappropriate” for teens.

But member Glen Hartz says even lyrics to common musical choices like “The Phantom of the Opera” can be seen as “sensual” and or suggestive.


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