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Colorado is latest to reconsider zero-tolerance school policies

Shortly after a 6-year-old boy was suspended for singing a pop song to a girl — deemed sexual harassment — Colorado moved to ease disciplinary policies in schools, as other states have.

May 23, 2012|By Jenny Deam and Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

The Meadowses, who also have a daughter, say they understand the seriousness of sexual harassment. They admit their son acts out, especially if he feels anxious or wants to be accepted. He is new to the school and has an individualized education plan for behavioral and emotional problems.

Meadows, who monitors his TV and computer time, isn't sure where D'Avonte learned the LMFAO party song. But it is nearly impossible to escape these days. The song has been featured during halftime at the Super Bowl, on TV shows and in a commercial with dancing M&Ms. Even Sesame Street gave it a toddler treatment with "I'm Elmo and I Know It." But apparently what animated candy can do, at least one first-grader cannot.

The first time, his mother said, D'Avonte wiggled his bottom at the girl as he sang the song's lyrics "wiggle, wiggle, wiggle." D'Avonte has promised his mother to stop dancing.

howard.blume@latimes.com

Times staff writer Blume reported from Los Angeles and special correspondent Deam from Aurora.

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