Felicia A. Smith, a 42-year-old middle school teacher in Houston, is facing felony charges after allegations surfaced that she gave a student a lap dance on his birthday.
Smith, who taught at Aldine Independent School District’s Stovall Middle School, has been charged with an improper relationship with a student.
According to ABC Local, the 15-year-old student involved in the incident allegedly announced it was his birthday in class one day, and he was encouraged by other students to sit in the front of the room. Smith then allegedly performed a lap dance on the student as music played.
Smith admitted to these allegations, claiming she was encouraged by her students to perform the act. The incident was also caught on video. Her bail has been set at $30,000.
Aldine ISD released a lengthy statement regarding Smith’s case.
“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,” the statement reads.