A student at Ann Arbor’s Pioneer High School is reportedly being punished after calling for an unauthorized tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman the day after his death.
Usually, the morning announcements are pre-written and checked by a school administrator, but the student went off script and asked for a moment of silence for the actor. According to MLive, the principal immediately told the student that the moment of silence was inappropriate for the school day, especially because of his drug-related death.
The student was not suspended from school, but was warned that any further improvisation would result in losing announcement privileges in the future.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday, February 2, of an apparent drug overdose.
The situation has since escalated, with TMZ now alleging that Hoffman had been on a six week-long bender prior to his death. The actor reportedly told friends back in the winter that he feared he would OD if he couldn’t control his addiction, allegedly stating “If I don’t stop I know I’m gonna die.”
Hoffman, a father of three, was 46 years old.