Is Phil McCraken here? Pranksters register a list of joke names to speak at the Virginia School Board meeting
- Henrico’s school board was taken aback on Thursday when someone registered a list of joke names to be summoned to speak at the public meeting
- Board member Reverend Dr. Roscoe D. Cooper III unknowingly mentioned several false names, including ‘Phil McCraken’, ‘Suck Mahdick’ and ‘Ophelia McCaulk’
- The moment was caught on camera and has since gone viral with many comparing the joke to Bart Simpson’s popular jokes
- Cooper joined in on the prank, admitting on Twitter that ‘those names were completely beyond me’
A Virginia school board was taken aback during Thursday’s meeting when someone registered a list of fake and hilarious names to be called for public comment.
Video from the Henrico School Board meeting shows board member Reverend Dr. Roscoe D. Cooper III calls up a list of alleged civilians who signed up to speak at the meeting.
Names like ‘Phil McCraken’, ‘Suck Mahdick’, ‘Ophelia McCaulk’, ‘Eileen Dover’, ‘Don Kedick’ and ‘Wayne Kerr’ are mentioned during a one-minute clip of the public gathering where no one gets on stage.
Many compared the joke to Bart Simpson’s popular joke who called Moe’s Tavern and asked to speak with similar names like “Seymour Butz,” “Al Coholic” and “Oliver Klozoff.”
Only one person actually spoke during the meeting, which had lasted more than three hours before the joke names were mentioned, according to The Henrico Citizen.
Video of the Virginia School Board meeting shows board member Reverend Dr. Roscoe D. Cooper III calling out a list of joke names to speak
No one takes the stage as Cooper keeps reading names like ‘Phil McCraken’
Cooper has since acknowledged sharing jokes on Twitter that it was ‘all over my head’
After the hilarious clip was posted online, viewers caught the names of the jokes and enjoyed Cooper’s unwitting episode.
AN tweet of the funny video has garnered 12.2 million views and 478.6 thousand likes.
The Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church and the newly elected school board member responded to the video on Twitter admitting: “I’ve laughed ever since, but those names were completely beyond me. Had no idea they weren’t legit.”
He wrote that since the video went viral, “inboxes are being slammed.”
Another school board member admitted she hadn’t realized the names were jokes.
Marcie Shea tweeted: “I was so absorbed in the heaviness of the meeting agenda, I was just relieved to have a shorter public forum and didn’t notice. But I’ve certainly had a good laugh since then.’
DailyMail.com reached out to Cooper for a response.
Although the joke was not acknowledged at the meeting, it seems to have become a welcome moment amid serious discussions about covid, a return to school, transportation, the school resource officer program and the potential for pre-Labor Day start times in the next few years.
Public school board meetings have become a place of heated debate, focusing on things like covid mandates and Critical Race Theory.
The newly elected member of the Henrico School Board has been laughing ever since
Last week, an unidentified woman who refused to put her mask back on during a Texas school board meeting was carried out of the building in her seat by police.
The woman was wearing her mask when she arrived at the Northside Independent School District Board of Trustees, district spokesman Barry Perez said. KSAT.
But at one point she removed it and refused to put it back on when the district officials and then the police asked.
That same week, another Texas school board meeting spiraled out of control when a father exposed his thoughts on mask mandates at a Dripping Springs School District meeting, stripping down to his underwear in defense of the mandates.
The meeting in Dripping Springs was intended as an agenda review ahead of the regular board meeting next week, but quickly turned into a public debate about masking mandates in schools.
Speaking at the public forum at the beginning of the meeting Monday, James Akers, 58, listed examples of other inconveniences he endures for the safety and comfort of others while stripping down to his underwear.