Friday May 26, 2017
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Lizeth Villanueva didn’t think it was very funny when her Grade 7 teacher gave her a “Most Likely To Become A Terrorist” award as a “joke”.
“She said it’s supposed to be a joke, and before she started the award thing, the fake awards, she said that some people might get offended, but she doesn’t really care,” Lizeth told As It Happens host Carol Off.
The 13-year-old girl gets good grades and takes an advanced learning class at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Channelview, Texas, to help prepare her for college. She’s never had any disciplinary issues.
“I guess that’s how she looks at me,”Lizeth said. “I was upset and I was thinking, ‘Why would she give this to me?'”
“Right after school I told my mom and I told her it was supposed to be a joke, and she was like ‘What is this?'” Lizeth said.
Lizeth wasn’t the only student to be recognized in the fake awards ceremony. One girl was named “Most Likely To Cry For Every Little Thing,” she said, while a boy got “Most Likely To Become Homeless In Guatemala.” One woman posted on Twitter that her sister was named “Most Likely To Blend In With White People.”
The school’s principal Eric Lathan issued an apology for the “insensitive” awards.
“I want to ensure all students, parents and community members that these award statements and ideals are NOT representative of the Aguirre Vision, Mission and educational goals for its students. An investigation will be launched into these events.”
Official Statement from Building Principal in response to fake awards: pic.twitter.com/BoZGRJajx4
The school has suspended the teacher for two days, but has not released her name.
“I just don’t think that’s enough,” Lizeth said. “Probably kick her out of that school or something.”