A Texas teacher gave her 13-year-old student a “most likely to become a terrorist” award as part of mock award ceremony at a Houston high school.
Later on school district has apologized for the “insensitive and offensive” mock awards given out to the students, which also included “most likely to become homeless.”
#1 – Lizeth Villaneuva
Seventh grader, Lizeth Villaneuva was attending her AVID class at Anthony Aguirre Junior high School, when her teacher began handing out mock awards. The class is an advanced learning program preparing students for college and the workplace.
#2 – The Award
When Lizeth received the mock award ‘Most Likely To Become A Terrorist’ she was shocked. She was upset when she brought it home and her mother Ena Hernandez did not find any humor in the joke. There were other awards such as ‘Most Likely to Become Homeless.’
#3 – Ena Hernandez
Hernandez expressed her outrage to the Washington post, saying, “I was upset and very mad when I saw the award. I was surprised because my daughter has been doing well in the honors program.” Hearing that there was another award called ‘Most Likely To Cry For Every Little Thing,’ she became even more upset.
#4 – Apology
The school issued an apology. “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.”
#5 – Teacher Disciplined
The teachers who held the mock award ceremony were disciplined, but a spokesperson for the school district, Mark Kramer did not give details on the exact disciplinary actions that would be taken against the teachers. He called it a “poor attempt to poke fun” and that the activity “wasn’t well thought out.”
#6 – Not A Joke
The teen does not think this is a joke and does not want to be in the same room with that teacher. “A terrorist is a really big thing. Just what happened two, three days ago with Ariana Grande and her concert, and they’re joking around with this. It’s not something to joke around with.”