A Texas teacher is currently under fire and for good reason!
Lizeth Villanueva, a 13-year-old seventh grader at Lance Anthony Aguirre Jr. High was presented an “award” from her teachers as being the “Most Likely to Become a Terrorist.”
This comes just one day after the deadly attack in Manchester, at an Arianna Grande concert that killed nearly two dozen, and injured many more.
The little girl reportedly told Fox 26 Houston, “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,”
Fox News reports:
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.
“It is kind of hard to believe somebody would do that,” Ena Hernandez, Villanueva’s mom, said after her daughter came home with the offensive award.
Other awards students received included “most likely to cry for every little thing” and “most likely to become homeless.”
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.
Hernandez said the school should have fired the teacher.
“So far I also know, the principal also mentioned to us that there were other parents complaining about a similar situation, the same thing,” Hernandez said.
The Channelview Independent School District has failed to return Fox’s requests for a statement on the situation.
How would you react if this was your child? Should the teacher be fired?