Let’s hope this is not part of the Common Core Curriculum Standards. From The Smoking Gun comes word that a Texas teacher arrested for giving a 15-year-old boy a “full contact lap dance” in front of the class has been sentenced to three years probation following her guilty plea to “having an improper relationship with the student.”
Felicia Smith, 42, copped a plea yesterday in connection with the late-February incident at Stovall Middle School. Smith … no longer works at the Houston public school. She was named last month in a felony indictment charging her with touching the student’s genitals with her buttocks.
Smith claimed that she was coaxed into the four-minute dance by the boy’s classmates. As distressing as is that notion is, one has to wonder what possessed the teacher to capitulate — and to do so with gusto:
According to a probable cause affidavit, the educator gave an energetic performance (which was videotaped by one student).
When the boy entered her classroom, Smith “grabbed a chair and placed it next to her desk,” investigators reported. With music playing, Smith sat on the teen’s lap “with her buttocks making contact with his penis while she began to move back and forth.” Smith also “fondled him with her hands by touching him all over his body.” Cops noted that the assorted contact caused the boy to “have an erected penis.”
During a police interview, the teenager admitted that he “slapped Ms. Smith buttocks a few times.” At the dance’s conclusion, Smith “got on her two knees and placed her head between” the boy’s legs, police charged. As she hugged the birthday boy, Smith said, “I love you baby, Happy Birthday.”
While Smith remains licensed to teach English Language Arts and Reading in grades 4 through 8, Texas state records note that she is “currently under review” by the State Board for Educator Certification’s professional discipline unit.
If there is a positive side to this story, it is that the lap dance was in lieu of birthday cupcakes. Score that a win for Michelle Obama.