6-Year-Old Suspended for Singing 'I'm Sexy & I Know It'

D'AvonteIn Aurora, Colorado, a 6-year-old boy has been suspended for what seems to be a ridiculous reason on the surface -- singing a popular song. The details behind the case, however, paint a much deeper story that raises some real concerns about sexual harassment and how young children can be accused of it.

D’Avonte Meadows was singing LMFAO's song, "I'm Sexy and I Know It." It's a catchy tune, and we've laughed before when kids sing such adult lyrics, mostly because they have no idea what they're singing. D'Avonte, however, seems to have had some clue what they meant, and I'm not so sure the school overreacted by suspending him for three days as much as I did when I first read the story.

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It seems he wasn't just randomly singing the song while strolling along the hall, rather he was singing it directly to a girl in the lunch line, making her uncomfortable enough to report it. Not only that, according to 7NEWs, last month, he also sang the line to the same girl and that time he was "shaking his booty" near her face.

If that was my daughter, you can bet I'd want his behavior stopped. So to that point, it's great to see schools taking such behavior seriously. It's hard to draw a line as to when children are old enough to take responsibility for such actions, but we do have to start at some point.

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His mother, Stephanie Meadows, though, is outraged, and told the station:

I could understand if he was fondling her, looking up her skirt, trying to look in her shirt. That, to me, is sexual harassment. 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.

She said last month, she met with the school then told her son "not to shake anything in the girl's face again." She didn't, however, seem to do anything else to see why her son was doing it or make sure he knew better then. Now she says she wants to sit down with him and see what he understands. Good thought.

Depending on a child's exposure to television shows and other forms of entertainment, I absolutely think it's possible for a 6-year-old to understand what such a song means or at least sense its power. Clearly, not to the level an adult would, but I think it's a good reason that we should try and censor the world a little bit for our kids because they can't fully grasp such things. If you want to go with the whole "kids will be kids defense," then you need to make sure you're not bringing them into the adult world too early via music, TV, and other messages. And regardless of what they understand, their actions can still be harmful

Is a three-day suspension for a 6-year-old an overreaction? Perhaps, and calling it sexual harassment is a stretch. I also don't see how it's going to address the behavior. I do, however, think it's a good reminder to all parents to start talking to our children early about the power of words and actions, no matter who they're quoting.

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Do you think the school overreacted by suspending this boy for three days?

 

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