An unnamed school teacher in Texas offended an entire class of students after handing out a bunch of poorly-worded awards during a celebration for the end of the school year. She has been disciplined by the district for her actions.
13-year old Lizeth Villanueva got the worst award of all. Her seventh grade teacher at Lance corporal Anthony Aguirre Junior High gave her a certificate which read, “Most likely to become a terrorist.” This is particularly ill timed after the recent attack in Manchester, England at an Ariana Grande concert.
Her mother, Ena Hernandez, said “It’s kind of hard to believe someone would do that.”
Lizeth said that when she got called up for her ‘award’ she could hardly believe her ears. “I was very upset. I was mad but didn’t show it.”
Other awards given out to students include “most likely to cry for every little thing” and “most likely to become homeless.”
Other parents have also complained about this situation. Hernandez said that disciplining the teach is not enough and that she should have been fired.
From Fox News:
Representatives from the Channelview Independent School District released a statement to Fox 26 apologizing for the incident. “The Channelview ISD Administration would like to apologize for the insensitive and offensive fake mock awards that were given to students in a classroom. Channelview ISD would like to assure all students, parents and community members that these award statements and ideals are not representative of the district’s vision, mission and educational goals for our students.” The district said the teachers involved in the incident were disciplined. “When she said my name I turned around like what, what did she just say? I was very upset. I was mad but didn’t show it,” Villanueva told Fox 26 Houston. Villanueva, who is part of an academic honors program, said a group of teachers were giving the certificates out as a joke, part of a mock awards ceremony before summer vacation, according to The Washington Post. The 13-year-old found nothing about it funny.