Ever had LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” stuck in your head? If so, you know how impossible it is to move on to any other song. It’s so catchy, even a six-year-old boy can pick it up, which is what happened in the case of D'Avonte Meadows.
It's little endearing at first, right? Kids will pick up just about anything. But his elementary school in Colorado didn't find it so funny when he started singing "I'm sexy and I know it" to a girl in the lunch line. They actually suspended him – for sexual harassment – for three days.
“I think it’s kind of overwhelming. You know, sexual harassment on a six-year-old?" his mom, Stephanie Meadows, told HLN affiliate KMGH. "I don’t understand. You know, kids are kids."
She says this isn’t the first time D'Avonte has been in trouble over the same exact thing. Last month, he was caught singing the line to a little girl while “shaking his booty” near the girl’s face. Meadows says she met with the assistant principal about the incident and told her son not to do it again. In that case, she says D'Avonte was suspended for disruptive behavior, not sexual harassment.
In a statement released to HLN, Aurora Public Schools says it’s their policy to investigate and handle students when complaints of offensive behavior are made. They also gave us their definition of sexual harassment: “Per APS policy, ‘sexual harassment’ refers to behavior which is not welcome, is personally offensive, and therefore, interferes with the learning of the victim(s) and sometimes their peers. This is not a criminal definition of sexual harassment; it is one that is focused on providing a safe learning environment for all Aurora Public School students.”
But does the term feel a little bit heavy when applied to a first-grader? Meadows says all she wants is for the “sexual harassment” charge to be removed from D'Avonte's record.
She spoke with HLN's Vinnie Politan about how she tried telling D'Avonte over and over again that he shouldn't sing the song in school.
“As much as you monitor, as much as you try to be careful, as much as you watch everything that your child does," she says, "there’s somehow, some way, outside of the home, at school or anywhere else that you possibly go, where they’re going to be exposed to something that at their age they shouldn’t."
How about you: Have you ever had a good chuckle at your kid singing LMFAO? What would you do if he or she were suspended from school for sexual harassment?