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Long Island school staff star in snow day video

“The Breakfast Club” parody was a light way of letting parents and students know school was closed for the day.

In a video posted to YouTube, Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School students filmed their principal waking up at school on a snow day and lamenting the lack of students.  (Credit: YouTube / Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School)

Most Long Island students learned of their snow day through a robocall or a notice posted to their school’s website Wednesday. But parents in Plainview-Old Bethpage received an additional surprise — a short video starring one of its principals and staff.

In the video, John F. Kennedy High School principal James Murray walks sadly through the hallways of his school, forlorn to be without his students and teachers on the snow day. But his assistant principals surprise him and gleefully dance with him through the library, in “The Breakfast Club” movie style.

“I’ve wanted to do something like this for years,” Murray said. “I thought it’d be a fun project for the kids.”

Murray went to the school’s media production teacher, Steven Carbo, with the idea back in December. Carbo’s students, led by junior Julia Sprung, whipped up a script.

Sprung wanted to do something “fun that the kids will like but also relatable for everyone else,” she said, and decided on “The Breakfast Club” theme. At first she worried the staff would get camera shy, but once filming started, everyone let loose.

“My favorite part was when Mr. Murray went into the office and threw the books everywhere,” said Sprung, 16. “You don’t imagine your principal doing something like that, having fun.”

Murray said his favorite scene is when his assistant principal, Eric Haruthunian, pumps his fists on top of a bookcase.

The students shot the clip over a couple hours two weeks ago, Murray said. It was emailed to parents Wednesday morning, with the note: “Just in case you ever wondered what the high school administrators do after hours . . .”

“We had a great time doing it, and we’re hoping it’ll get some other students taking our media production classes in the future,” Murray said.

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