A highschool teacher in Texas named Lizeth Villanueva, an honors student for the last two years, “most likely to become a terrorist award” on Tuesday, May 23.
The award was part of a joke, as a mock end-of-the-year awards ceremony at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Channelview, Texas, near Houston, where a group of teachers handed out certificates to students.
Villanueva, 13, said her teacher “just laughed” when she signed and handed her the certificate, just one day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester,Britain that killed 22 people.
Other awards included “most likely to cry for every little thing” that was given to a girl and “most likely to become homeless” that was presented to a boy.
In a statement the school district said:
“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 teachers involved in this matter have been disciplined according to district policy and the incident is still under investigation.”