(DENVER) — A Colorado elementary school student was suspended from school this week for singing a lyric from a popular LMFAO song, “I’m sexy and I know it.”
Those six little words from the Los Angeles rap-influenced duo earned first-grader D’Avonte Meadows a three day dismissal from Sable Elementary in Aurora, Colo.
“I only just said the song,” Meadows told Denver’s ABC7 News. “I’m sexy and I know it.”
School officials said D’Avonte was suspended for sexual harassment after he sang and the line to a female classmate who was standing in a lunch line. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the first time he’d serenaded this girl with this particular lyric.
Aurora School District’s Media Relations Specialist Paula Hans, said in a statement: “Aurora Public Schools is committed to providing equitable learning for all students. We have policies and protocol in place to prevent any disruption to the learning environment. Due to privacy laws, we are unable to discuss appropriate disciplinary consequences about a specific student.”
District policy, as outlined in the student handbook, states that sexual harassment “must have negative effects on the learning or work of others.”
D’Avonte’s mother, Stephanie Meadows, told ABC7 News that her son had had disciplinary problems before this week’s infraction. Last month, she said, he was sent to the principal’s office for singing the same song to the same girl.
This time, however, he was “shaking his booty” near the girl’s face, Meadows told ABC7 News.
“I’m going to definitely have to sit with him and see if he understands exactly what the song means,” Meadows told ABC7 News.
But Meadows still doesn’t believe her son’s recent actions justify suspension for sexual harassment.
“I could understand if he was fondling her, looking up her skirt, trying to look in her shirt. That, to me, is sexual harassment,” Meadows told ABC7 News. “I’m just, I’m floored. They’re going to look at him like he’s a pervert. And it’s like, that’s not fair to him.”
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