HOUSTON, Texas– A group of instructors are being disciplined after they thought it would be funny to call a trainee “most likely to become a terrorist.”
Lizeth Villanueva, 13, stated a teacher gave her the award throughout a mock event in her college prep class at Anthony Aguirre Junior high in Houston on Tuesday.
Lizeth stated the instructor cautioned students that the awards “may harm their feelings.” She then handed out the certificates as other teachers watched and laughed. But Lizeth didn’t believe it was funny.
“A terrorist is a really huge thing,” said Lizeth. “Just look at what occurred 2-3 days earlier with Ariana Grande and her show, and they’re joking around about this. That’s not something to joke around with.”
Her mom, Ena Hernandez, said she read the certificate two times in disbelief. Then, became furious that the instructor even thought to offer it to her daughter.
“Being a teacher, giving this to a 13-year-old, how is she going to feel when she grows up later?” stated Hernandez.
Mark Kramer, a representative for Channelview Independent School District, stated the mock event was a “bad attempt to poke fun,” and that the activity “wasn’t well thought out.”
The district later on released a statement saying the instructors included have been disciplined:
“The Channelview ISD Administration would like to apologize for the insensitive and offensive phony mock awards that were provided to students in a class. Channelview ISD wish to ensure all students, moms and dads and neighborhood members that these award declarations and perfects are not agent of the district’s vision, mission and academic objectives for our students. The teachers associated with this matter have actually been disciplined according to district policy and the event is still under examination.”
Hernandez met the assistant principal today, who asked forgiveness. The mama stated at least one of the instructors were suspended, but “suspension is inadequate.”
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