Houston, TX- A Houston teacher has been arrested on felony charges after she was caught on video surveillance performing a lap dance for one of her students.
Felicia Smith, 42, has been charged with an improper relationship with a student for the incident which occurred in late February at Stovall Middle School in Aldine.
The 15 year-old male student told police that after he and the other students were seated and the tardy bell rung. Mrs. Smith placed a chair in front of the room turned on some music a proceeded to give the student a “full contact” lap dance. The nearly four minute-long lap dance was caught on tape, and the student can be seen smacking the teacher’s buttocks. Smith admitted that she got on her knees and placed her head in the students lap, according to Culture Map Houston. The student admitted to slapping her buttocks a few times.
After the dance was over, Smith hugged the student and allegedly said, “I love you, baby. Happy birthday.”
Smith told police that she only did the dance because the class urged her to. She has been removed from the classroom pending an investigation.
Aldine ISD released the following statement:
“A criminal charge of engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a student has been filed against a Stovall Middle School teacher. The charge was filed by Aldine Independent School District Police, who investigated the case along with the campus administration. The teacher was removed from the campus during the investigation and has not returned. The district takes this allegation seriously and is fully cooperating with prosecutors. The safety and security of our students will continue to be a top priority in Aldine ISD.
Earlier this month, a study from Northwestern University found that one in four middle school students are subjected to sexual harassment and other inappropriate sexual behavior at school. And what researchers found most disturbing about the study was that the majority of the 1,400 students surveyed were normalized to the behavior.
The study found that 27 percent of girls and 25 percent of boys has been subjected to physical and physical sexual harassment which can include groping, being rubbed up against sexually or being forced to kiss another student. Verbal sexual harassment was also common with some students reporting name-calling, comments about sexual orientation.
Twenty-two percent of respondents admitted that they were sexually harassed inside the classroom sometimes in full view of their teacher. A similar study from last year conducted by the same researchers found that teachers, like students, were dismissive of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviors in the classroom. Some teachers responded by saying some student were asking to be sexually harassed because of the way they dress or acted.
Smith also had a dismissive attitude towards her behavior.
The researchers recommended teachers be taught how to identify sexual harassment so they can stop it, but teachers like are doing more to cause sexual harassment than preventing it.