An Aldine ISD middle school teacher finds herself in hot water after allegedly making the bizarre decision to give a birthday gift lap dance to one of her students. And she unwittingly made herself a national talking point — with publications and TV stations across the country covering the incident.
Felicia Smith, 42, has been charged with having an improper relationship with a student.
Smith allegedly got on her knees in front of the student and placed her head in his lap. The student admitted to slapping his teacher's buttocks a few times.
The incident allegedly occurred on February 26 at Stovall Middle School in Aldine. According to the male student, 15, Smith took his journal and prevented him from talking to his friends when he walked into his third-period class, according to KHOU 11. The student sat at his desk, and following the tardy bell, Smith placed a chair at the front of the classroom.
Music began playing and other students began yelling at him to sit down as it was his birthday.
The student sat down and alleges that his teacher gave him a full contact lap dance, with Smith rubbing her buttocks and hands all over his body. Smith allegedly got on her knees in front of the student and placed her head in his lap. The student admitted to slapping his teacher's buttocks a few times.
Following the lap dance, Smith hugged the student and he touched her buttocks again. She is reported to have told him "I love you, baby. Happy birthday."
Smith admitted during questioning that she gave the 15-year-old student a lap dance at the behest of his classmates. She recalled losing her balance when she was performing the dance, which made the students laugh. According to Smith, the performance lasted about four minutes.
According to investigators, who reviewed video of the lap dance performance, the dance actually lasted 3.54 minutes. Both the Harris County District Attorney's Office and the Aldine ISD Police Department have copies of the video.
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.
Smith was charged and has been given a $30,000 bond. She appeared in court for the first time on Friday where her case was reset.