UPDATE: Monday, May 7, 2012
The mother of a 6-year-old boy who was suspended from his suburban Denver school for three days after school officials said he recited a racy line from a popular song is meeting with school officials to try to clear her son's name.
Stephanie Meadows says her son is not a sexual harasser and she plans to prove it on Monday.
D'Avonte Meadows, a first-grader at Sable Elementary School in Aurora, is accused of sexual harassment and disrupting other students for allegedly telling a girl "I'm sexy and I know it," a line from a song by the popular duo LMFAO. He was suspended Wednesday.
The boy's mother says the allegations went too far, and her son was singing in the lunch line, not to the girl.
Friday, May 4, 2012
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.”
First-grader D’Avonte Meadows was suspended for three days 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.
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.
Administrators said this time the student was also "shaking his booty" near the girl's face.
His mother said she 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.”