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Old 05-05-2012, 06:58 PM   #1
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http://news.yahoo.com/first-grader-s...opstories.html

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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."

I'd have suspended him too. That song sucks.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:07 PM   #2
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:54 AM   #3
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Poor little guy.

 
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:02 AM   #4
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Pants around your arse is fine though?? What a bunch of garbage, common sense in the school system is lost in America!!

 
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:35 AM   #5
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Sounds like he was warned to stop more than once. He didn't listen. Sounds like the school system is just fine to me. If my daughter told me some kid was shaking his ass in her face and she told him to stop, as well as told the teacher, I'd want his ass to learn a lesson too.

 
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Well, for this I would maybe have expected the school to schedule a meeting with the kid AND HIS MOM to straighten him out. Apparently schools today are not inclined to meet with parents and get personal with them or their kids.

This should have been a parenting issue first and a suspension after (Or maybe just detention??) I mean the kid is pretty young.

 
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:13 PM   #7
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Well, for this I would maybe have expected the school to schedule a meeting with the kid AND HIS MOM to straighten him out. Apparently schools today are not inclined to meet with parents and get personal with them or their kids.

This should have been a parenting issue first and a suspension after (Or maybe just detention??) I mean the kid is pretty young.
I agree that it's a parenting issue, but the parent knew the kid did this from the previous month's offence. Clearly the parent didn't do a good enough job.

We don't know how big this school is, so staff may not have been available to facilitate the meeting between the parent and student, even if it was the best thing to do.

If there isn't the man power to schedule meetings between kids and parents (or if the schools believe parenting should happen at home), then perhaps the alternative is to kick the kid out for a few days and force the parents to teach their kids what is and isn't acceptable in schools.

 
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I agree that it's a parenting issue, but the parent knew the kid did this from the previous month's offence. Clearly the parent didn't do a good enough job.

We don't know how big this school is, so staff may not have been available to facilitate the meeting between the parent and student, even if it was the best thing to do.

If there isn't the man power to schedule meetings between kids and parents (or if the schools believe parenting should happen at home), then perhaps the alternative is to kick the kid out for a few days and force the parents to teach their kids what is and isn't acceptable in schools.
We know the parent is aware. We know the school was aware. We don't know that the school and the parent talked about what happened and how to best prevent this kind of thing from happening again.

I feel it's usually better to have the kid with the parent and the school so the kid knows that the parent and the school is on the same wavelength.

And I personally know a kid who would do this and frankly I doubt he would stop just because he was told not to and had already had punishments. That's just the way he was. He had more strikes on his record than a box of Diamond kitchen matches.

 
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I'm sure he had been told not to do it a few times and since he kept doing it he had to be told a different way. Although suspension might be a little far (in shcool suspension might have gotten the point across just as well) I do agree with the outcome.

There are too many brats that think they don't have to respect others and too many parents who think their kids are saints. Looks like the whole family learned a lesson here
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We are talking about 6 or 7 year old child and I doubt very much the child understands the word sexy the way an adult would. I also have my doubts if a 6 or 7 year old can "sexually harass" any one as the intent to harass may be there but the "sexual" cannot because I do not believe a 6 or 7 year child knows what sex is. (If they do then the police should be called). So maybe expelling the child for insubordination or other misbehavior but sexual harassment is inappropriate term to use when dealing with a 6 or 7 year old child.
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