A 6-year-old Aurora, Colo. elementary school student was suspended for three days last week — not for cheating on a test, not for getting into a fight with another kid, but for quoting an LMFAO song.
When “sex” is practically synonymous with pop music, is it any big surprise that first grader D’Avonte Meadows would end up quoting a massive hit that happens to have “sexy” in the title? Meadows was singing a line from the chart-topping hit, “I’m sexy and I know it,” and got punished.
“I only just said the song,” D’Avonte told Denver’s ABC 7 News.
It’s not like this was some graphic, esoteric song banned from mainstream radio. It’s received virtually nonstop radio airplay, was No. 1 on the Billboard charts earlier this year and was covered by Ricky Martin on an episode of Glee. It’s featured in an M&M’s Super Bowl commercial. It’s even been parodied by Elmo on Sesame Street.
The story gets even more bizarre: D’Avonte was suspended on grounds of “sexual harassment” because he was standing next to a girl in the lunch line when he used the lyric, 7News reports.
“I could understand if he was fondling her, looking up her skirt, trying to look in her shirt. That, to me, is sexual harassment,” said Stephanie Meadows, D’Avonte’s mother. “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.”
D’Avonte was back in school this week, but his parents are now taking the fight to Sable Elementary School and Aurora Public School officials. Thanks to the incident, D’Avonte — a special needs student — now also has a mark on his record labeling him as a sexual harasser. Stephanie Meadows told 7News that she has the backing of other fellow parents, teachers, and administrators, and plans to take up the case with the school district’s superintendent, to see if the mark can be taken off or lessened.
But, ultimately, she said, they may just end up changing schools, in order to find somewhere that does a better job of supporting her son.