A 13-year-old seventh grade student, Lizeth Villanueva, received an award in an Avid program at her school in Texas that left her and her family very upset. The award was presented during a ‘mock awards ceremony’ as a joke, but she did not find it funny.
“I received a fake award that’s supposed to be a joke that says, ‘most likely to become a terrorist: Lizeth Villanueva’...When she said my name I turned around like what, what did she just say? I was very upset, but I didn’t show it.”
Fox News reports that Lizeth mentioned her and her teacher did not typically get along, but this was extremely appropriate. Lizeth’s mom also gave her input on the situation, “It is kind of hard to believe somebody would do that.”
According to her mother, the principal revealed they were not the only family that was upset over the mock awards. Other students received awards that said ‘most likely to be homeless in Guatemala’ and ‘most likely to blend in with white people’.
CNN reported that the teacher even warned the students it 'might hurt their feelings'. This teacher also had similar inappropriate incidents with students in the past.
The school released the following statement:
"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."
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