Parents—and the internet, for that matter—are shocked and furious after a 7th grade teacher handed out mock certificates. (scroll down for video)
“Most likely to become a terrorist,” reads one award created by the unidentified teacher from Lance Cpl. Anthony Aguirre Junior High School in Houston, Texas.
“MOST LIKELY TO BLEND IN WITH WHITE PEOPLE,” reads another one.
“My initial reaction was shock,”said Lauren Easton, whose sister was handed the certificate about white people, “I couldn’t believe a teacher could be that bold.”
Lauren says her sister was extremely embarrassed and asked her classmates to just “drop it.”
As for the “MOST LIKELY TO BECOME A TERRORIST” award, it was handed to Lizeth Villanueva, who says the teacher warned students that the certificates were a joke but “might hurt [students’] feelings.”
But Lizeth didn’t see it that way.
“It was not a joke,” she said, “I do not feel comfortable with this…I do not feel comfortable being in the same classroom with [the teacher].”
School administrators released the following statement to the public:
Official Statement from Building Principal in response to fake awards: pic.twitter.com/BoZGRJajx4
— Aguirre Junior High (@AguirreBulldogs) May 24, 2017
The statement reads:
Aguirre Administration would like to first of all apologize for the insensitive and offensive fake mock award that were given to students…As principal, I want to assure all students, parents and community members that these ward statement and ideals are NOT representative of the Aguirre Vision, Mission, and educational goals for its students.
The Channelview School District also spoke on the matter, informing concerned parents that “the teacher involved in this matter have been discipline according to district policy. and the incident is still under investigation.”
According to Easton, the mock certificates were not the first antics forced upon students by the teacher.
Easton described how her sister was given “a ‘black quiz’ to prove how black she was”, and it does seem pertinent to mention that the teacher in this case is, herself, black.
The CEO of AVID, which is the program the students were enrolled in for advanced learning, released a statement, “This is a reprehensible action of a single teacher that does not in any way reflect the AVID values, or the values of the thousands of AVID teachers across the US who impact our students daily.”
Teachers give ‘Most Likely to Become a Terrorist’ award to 13yo girl….
I’ll bet they’ll say “but I’m not racist”!https://t.co/PIOOu9QfKw pic.twitter.com/hoRFTtWUQV
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) May 27, 2017
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