Texas Teacher Gives Out ‘Most Likely To Be A Terrorist’ Award
A Texas teacher and former Texans cheerleader is in big trouble after giving her students some "joke" awards including "Most likely to become a terrorist."
A Texas mother is furious after her daughter was given an inappropriate joke award from her 7th grade teacher. Lizeth Villanueva is a 7th grader at Lance Cpl. Anthony Aguirre Junior High School. She came home from school last week and showed her mother a joke award she was given by her teacher that day in class. Lizeth's mother shared the award on Facebook where it quickly went viral and start the discussion of whether or not the awards were appropriate for he students.
Lizeth also discussed other awards that were given out to her classmates:
"Most likely to cry about every little thing, because [that student] is very emotional ... There was another one about this kid. His was kind of like a joke because all his friends would call him, 'Little homeless Indian.' And [the teacher] told him, 'Most Likely to Become Homeless in Guatemala.'"
The student also said that there were other teachers in the room at the time of the awards being given out who were all laughing. After the post went viral, the teacher was suspended for the rest of the school year. The Channelview Independent School District released the following statement:
"The Channelview Independent School District would like to emphasize that a recent incident where insensitive and offensive mock awards presented to students are in no way associated with the AVID College Readiness System or the AVID Center. Channelview ISD does not support this type of recognition under any circumstances and the placement of the AVID logo on these certificates was an error. At no time was the AVID program itself involved in this unfortunate incident.
"The AVID System is an outstanding college readiness model that has led to continued high levels of student achievement in Channelview ISD. AVID’s system has benefited hundreds of thousands of students worldwide since 1984. Working together with the AVID Center, Channelview ISD’s AVID system provides intensive support to students with tutorials, positive peer groups, and college-readiness skills.
"Channelview ISD would like to reassure the community that this incident does not reflect the many good things going on in our district. The district does not condone the incident that occurred and we are taking this matter very seriously."
While many are furious over the awards that were given to the students, other students have come to the defense of the teacher. 13 year-old Evelyn Ruano had this to say about her teacher:
"She's a really great teacher. The way she teaches her students, she makes it feel like it's a second home for them. Evelyn is an eigth-grade student in Lockett's AVID class -- a program that prepares advanced students for college. AVID's logo was placed on the certificate. Evelyn doesn't think her teacher meant any harm, and she'd hate to see her go. I really don't like it because a lot of students could be learning a lot while she's suspended, and she can't teach."
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