Evan Daniel Emory, a 21-year-old from Muskegon, Michigan, may have the next 20 years to ponder what prompted him to edit a YouTube video that subsequently caused such an uproar. The video, which as since been removed from YouTube, makes it appear that Emory is singing provocative lyrics to a group of children in a first-grade classroom. He was actually singing Adam Sandler's "Lunch Lady Land," but later altered the video, earning him a lengthy felony charge, MLive.com reports.
Authorities say Emory "victimized" the entire first-grade classroom and was charged with manufacturing child sexual abusive material, which is a 20-year felony. Emory was granted access to the classroom after he "informed the teacher that he wanted to video himself singing to the class as a portion of his portfolio to help him gain admission to a Big Ten School of Education." What he didn't disclose is that he would later edit the video with raunchy lyrics that we won't repost here. At one point, the video turns to the audience and shows the recognizable faces of the children smiling.
"I'm outraged that he's taken a video and edited it to make it appear that he did those actions and said those things in front of students, which he did not. It's absolutely ridiculous," said John VanLoon, the school's Superintendent. "We are currently working with law enforcement on the issue."
Emory, who was arrested earlier today, admitted he deceived school officials in order to gain access to the classroom, but said he never intended "to hurt anybody, just wanted to make everyone laugh."