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Student Raps About Scandals In His Brooklyn High School

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A student rapper at James Madison High School in Brooklyn is stirring up controversy with a newly released song about alleged illegal activities committed by school faculty.

Jay Maslow, 16, who uses the rap name "Dov," goes into detail about reported sex scandals and alleged incidents of homophobia, drug use and racism in his song "Ghost Rhymer."

The song says at one point, "I'm the ghost rhymer, I'm the cat you all see. I watch everything that's happening and tell it for free."

The Marine Park school, which includes Nobel Prize winners and U.S. senators among its alumni, has earned the nickname "Horndog High" for a string of alleged sex scandals, including teacher Erin Sayar's alleged affair with a 16-year-old student.

"I think it's sad that our school has to be known for that," said Maslow. "But as a student, I'm going to talk about it. It's what's going on in my school, it's my First Amendment right that I learned in school and I'm using it, you know?"

While the teachers' names are covered in song by "scratches," some students said it does not fool them.

"They blocked out the names, but I mean, you can tell which ones they're talking about," said one student.

"I think they shouldn't promote that. I think it's wrong," said another.

James Madison students were given copies of the song by a representative of Horrorflick Entertainment, who passed them out at a nearby student hangout.

Department of Education officials said they are investigating the situation.

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