A nine-year-old Minnesota boy was suspended from school for performing a Michael Jackson dance routine during a fundraiser -- complete with the late singer's famous crotch grab during a rendition of "Billie Jean."
Mindy Boberg told the Winona Daily News the principal of St. Stanislaus approached her and her son Lenny during the event Thursday and informed them that Lenny's performance -- specifically the groin reaches -- constituted "gross misconduct" and that Lenny was suspended.
Principal Pat Bowlin would not comment to the Daily News, saying the issue was an internal matter, but said he would meet with the family on Monday to discuss the suspension.
Boberg said her son has performed similar Jackson dance moves the past two years at the event without incident, and told the newspaper his routine had been approved during a rehearsal earlier in the week.
She said she's upset with the way the situation was handled and doesn't understand why her son was singled out, saying there were other performances far more questionable than Lenny's.
Following Thursday's event, Bowlin sent an email to all the school families with the subject line "Thank you/apology."
“On behalf of the Winona Area Catholic Schools, I would like to thank all the students, teachers, parents, and friends of our school for your support of our Lip Sync contest. So many people worked incredibly hard to make it a great event. We did have one act that was clearly inappropriate. I want to extend my apology for that situation,” the email said.
According to the Daily News, the school's student handbook states a principal may immediately suspend a student for gross misconduct, defined as an action that "creates a substantial and unjustifiable risk of harm to another person or serious damage to the property of the school or another person, or conduct which substantially impairs the discipline and order of the school environment.”
Watch a clip of Lenny's performance below and tell us: Do you think the dance moves are worth a suspension?