Texas teachers under fire for “terrorist” award to student

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A group of Texas teachers at the Channelview Independent School District are now facing disciplinary action after giving out a “Most Likely to Become a Terrorist” award to a seventh-grade student.

Lizeth Villanueva, 13, and advanced learning program student, received the “award” during a mock ceremony this week, and her mother, Ena Hernandez, is fuming. Lizeth hasn’t yet returned to class, and told a local news station she feels like the teachers should be fired or “something.”

Speaking of her teacher, Lizeth said, “She said some people might get offended, but she doesn’t really care about our feelings – she was laughing about it.”

“It doesn’t look good at all, especially coming from a teacher, a grown-up woman,” Hernandez said. “It doesn’t look good because everything that’s going on right now.”

The school district, who is protecting the identities of the teachers involved, said they will be disciplined, and provided the following statement:

“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 incident happened just one day after an actual terror attack occurred at a concert in Manchester, England.

In a separate school “award” incident, a 14-year-old girl in Georgia was given a trophy by her school that was titled, “Most Likely to Not Pay Attention” during a end of the year school assembly on May 16.

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