Texas School in Trouble After Teachers Award Student as ‘Most Likely to Become a Terrorist’

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May 26, 2017May 26, 2017

A Houston-area junior high school is in hot water after teachers handed out demeaning awards to their students.

One seventh-grade student handed her a certificate award for “Most Likely To Become A Terrorist.” One girl received a certificate for “Most Likely To Cry For Every Little Thing.” Another boy was given an award for “Most Likely To Become Homeless.”

As the students received these certificates, teachers in the room stood in the background and laughed, Lizeth Villanueva, the 13-year-old girl who received the ‘Terrorist’ award, said to the Washington Post. She said the teacher “just laughed” when she signed and handed over the award to her. 

Villanueva’s mother, upon receiving news of the mock ceremony, became upset, noting that her daughter had been doing well in school and was in the school’s honor program.

The school principal of Anthony Aguirre Junior High quickly apologized to Villanueva’s mother.

Channelview Independent School District spokesman Mark Kramer also issued an apology, saying to KPRC-TV in Houston that the mock ceremony was a “poor attempt to poke fun.” The school district followed up with a statement describing the awards as “insensitive and offensive.”

“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,” read the statement.

Channelview has not disclosed the teachers who participated in the mock ceremony, but stated that they have been disciplined “according to district policy,” as well as confirming that the incident is still under investigation.

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