Monday, May 7, 2012

1st Grader Suspended From School For Sexual Harassment For Saying Sexual Song Lyrics To Classmate

A six-year-old boy has been suspended from school for sexual harassment after singing a line from a song entitled Sexy and I Know It.
D'Avonte Meadows was suspended for three days after reciting the line 'I'm sexy and I know it' to a first grade girl in the lunch line.
The lyrics, by American electro pop duo LMFAO, were noted as 'an unwelcome sexual advance' by officials from his Aurora, Colorado school.

Yet Aurora Police Department did not becoming involved in the case as laws only cover children of at least 10 years old.
D'Avonta told KMGH-TV he didn't even know what the song meant. It is the second time he has been in trouble for quoting the song.

His mother, Stephanie Meadows, added that her son doesn't know the meaning of sexual harassment.
'I'm just, I'm floored,' she told KMGH-TV. 'They're going to look at him like he's a pervert. And it's like, that's not fair to him.

'I could understand if he was fondling her, looking up her skirt, trying to look in her shirt. That, to me, is sexual harassment.'
But she added: 'I’m going to definitely have to sit with him and see if he understands exactly what the song means.'
In a statement, Aurora Public Schools said it is trying to provide an equal learning environment for all students.

'We have policies and protocol in place to prevent any disruption to the learning environment,' wrote spokeswoman Paula Hans.

Due to privacy laws, we are unable to discuss appropriate disciplinary consequences about a specific student.' 
 Denver attorney Craig Silverman said school students have the same rights to free speech as adults but must understand and follow the rules.
But speaking to the AP, he added that school policies should allow for exceptions.
'Sometimes when you go to a zero-tolerance policy, you end up with a zero-sense policy,' he said.

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