Say what? A junior high school teacher handed out mock awards to students, and one of them received an award for ‘Most Likely To Become A Terrorist.’ The teacher claimed it was meant to be a joke, but obviously, it doesn’t seem very funny.
Lizeth Villanueva, a student at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Texas, revealed to the media that her teacher gave her a mock award at school for “Most Likely To Become A Terrorist.” Lizeth received this insulting prize on May 23 in her AVID class — one which is supposed to prepare students for college — according to BuzzFeed. When the 13-year-old discussed the matter, she said that it was “supposed to be a joke.” She ended up showing the award to her mother, Ena Hernandez, who was completely taken aback, and for good reason!
“I was upset and very mad when I saw the award,” Ena said. “I was surprised because my daughter has been doing well in the honors program.” Apparently, the teacher handed out some other insulting awards, including “Most Likely To Cry For Every Little Thing” and “Most Likely To Be Homeless.” Lizeth mentioned that her teacher told the kids that these awards “might hurt their feelings” (uh, you think?!), but they were meant to be “funny.” Lizeth was rightfully upset with the prize she got in class, especially since terrorism is not something to joke about.
“A terrorist is a really big thing,” the teen said. “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.” What makes this even more shocking is that this happened in an advanced program. And right now, Ena can only imagine how her daughter will look back on this in the future. “Being a teacher…giving this to a 13-year-old. How is she going to feel when she grows up later on?” Ena asked.
The administration has since apologized for the matter, calling the mock awards “insensitive” and “offensive.” They also assured that these award statements “are not representative of the district’s vision, mission and educational goals for our students.”
HollywoodLifers, don’t you find it just appalling that a teacher could do this?