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Michael Jackson dance move from 'Billie Jean' gets kid in trouble

February 6, 2012 |  1:00 pm

Michael Jackson's dance moves

A 9-year-old student in Minnesota has been suspended from school for imitating one of the signature dance moves of the late Michael Jackson: the crotch grab. Naturally, footage of the incident has gone viral on YouTube.

The suspension, reported by the Winona Daily News, occurred after a lip-sync performance of Jackson's "Billie Jean" at a fundraiser for a Catholic school. Lenny Boberg, a student at St. Stanislaus school,  grabbed his groin more than once in imitation of Jackson during the performance.

After the fundraiser, the school principal reportedly approached Boberg and told him that his moves were inappropriate and that he was being suspended.

Boberg's mother told the newspaper her son had performed similar Jackson routines in the last two years without incident and that a parent-teacher organization had approved all performances during a recent rehearsal.

Since the incident, which took place Thursday, video of the offending dance moves has been posted on YouTube. (You can see two of the moves in the video below at the 1:15 and 2:15 marks.) Those who are offended by crotch grabs are advised to avert their eyes.


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Photo: The album cover to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Credit: Epic.