9-Year-Old Suspended for Imitating Michael Jackson in Talent Show (VIDEO)

Michael JacksonPoor Lenny Boberg. The 9-year-old from Winona, Minnesota, just wanted to impress his friends and family with a killer rendition of "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson. He studied the King of Pop's moves and tried to replicate them just as Jackson did, leaving no move untouched -- even the infamous crotch grab.

To say the educators at his school -- a Catholic school, mind you -- didn't react kindly is an understatement. In fact, they suspended him saying it fell into the category of "gross misconduct." Watch for yourself and see what you think. The following video is a little blurry, but you can't miss his controversial moves.


First of all props to him for most of his moves. He's a good dancer, but did he really think that was going to fly at St. Stanislaus? Even if he did, his parents should have known better and tried to stop him. Little girls dancing provocatively are prevalent enough, and it's not okay for little boys to do it either, even if an adult legend once did.

His mother, Mindy Boberg, is upset at how the school handled it, and is reportedly meeting with the school today. On Facebook she wrote:

[Lenny] is heartbroken. He worked so hard on this and then to have your principal scream at you immediately after.

Whether there was actually "screaming" isn't known, but the school did send out a note to parents apologizing for "one act that was clearly inappropriate." Boberg disagrees and told the Winona Daily News that she doesn't understand why he was singled out when other students performed in their boxers and "shook their tail feathers."

I'd have to see said shaking of tail feathers, but boxers are pretty much just shorts, so I see pretty big leap between those as a costume and a little boy grabbing his private parts on stage. She says he's done so several times at other similar events without issue, and that no one objected when he did it in rehearsal. IF that's the case, that does seem a bit odd, but my question is why would she let her son do that regardless? His routine would have been great without it, and he didn't have to go there. It's in poor taste, if nothing else.

That said, I don't know that suspension was the appropriate way to handle it. It's not really the boy's fault to know what's acceptable at this age -- it's up to his parents to teach him. Clearly that hasn't happened.

Do you think Lenny's dance routine was appropriate? Do you think the school overreacted in suspending him?

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