Teachers pick on student with disorder by giving her an award

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A 14-year-old girl from Conyers, Georgia came home from school with an end-of-the-year award last week, but her mother, Nicole Edwards, wasn’t proud; she was angered.

Memorial Middle School gave Edwards’ daughter a trophy with a plaque that read “Most Likely to Not Pay Attention” during a school assembly on May 16.  Edwards says her eighth grade daughter, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), found the experience “humiliating” and “very derogatory.”

During an interview with local Fox affiliate WAGA, Edwards said her daughter was initially voted “Most likely to ask a question that has already been answered.” Although that would have also been “very inappropriate,” according to Edwards, the award her daughter came home with was also very upsetting.

“You guys are calling me when you’re having problems with her in school when you’re having problems with her not paying attention or not getting it and then you give her an award for it,” Edwards said during the interview. “Why call me to discipline her, but yet you turn around and give her an award for it, it doesn’t make sense.”

The two middle school teachers responsible for giving out the award “will not be returning to RCPS for the next school year,” according to Rockdale County Public Schools spokesperson Cindy Ball. Ball said the ceremony, modeled after the Grammy awards, was part of the school’s “spirit week,” however she acknowledged that it included “insensitive award categories.”

Edwards believes that future trophies should be approved by top school officials.

“Someone needs to investigate and make sure it never happens to another student again,” Edwards said. She thanked the Superintendent for taking immediate action.

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