Student-made video at Davis High School causes controversy

By Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - A student project at HISD's Jefferson Davis High School, north of Downtown, has stirred up some controversy.

At issue is whether the video is too racy.

"We are supposed to teach them to be ladies and gentleman, not degrade themselves," a father of a student who asked to remain anonymous said. His teenager was not in the video.

The video, about 12 minutes long, appears to be spoofing several popular music videos.

It includes shots of teenage girls in short skirts and teenage boys without shirts.

There are also a few scenes that include sexually suggestive dance moves.

"We have a young gentleman who is putting his private parts in a young girl's face," the father said.

Another woman, who asked to remain anonymous, agreed after she was shown the video.

"That's too much," she said

But the digital media class that is responsible for the video, isn't backing down.

"We're proud of it," several students said.

Several students said they starred in and produced the video on their own time with school equipment and with the blessing of the school's principal.

The video was originally shown at a Jefferson Davis High School prom event and was later posted on YouTube.

Late Friday afternoon, HISD sent this statement,

"This was not a sanctioned school project nor was it made during school hours. The music video parodies appear to have been made and filmed by several high school seniors, and then compiled as a goodbye video to be shown at prom."

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