School officials in Texas have apologized to a 13-year-old girl and her family after one of her teachers presented her with a “Most Likely To Become A Terrorist” award this week.
Calling it a “poor attempt to poke fun,” an official for the Houston-area Channelview Independent School District told local station KPRC that the award given to Lizeth Villanueva by an unidentified teacher “wasn’t well thought out.” (No kidding.)
According to the Washington Post, other students were given awards such as “most likely to be homeless,” and “most likely to cry for every little thing.”
“[The teacher] said that some people might get offended, but she doesn’t really care about our feelings,” Villanueva told KHOU. “She was laughing about it.”
Villanueva’s mother, Ena Hernandez, obviously didn’t think the mock award was funny.
“I was upset and very mad when I saw the award,” Hernandez explained to the Post. “I was surprised because my daughter has been doing well in the honors program.”
Villanueva agreed, telling KPRC: “It was not a joke. I do not feel comfortable with this.
“I do not feel comfortable being in the same classroom with [the teacher],” she added.
In a statement, district officials distanced themselves from the teacher’s actions, saying:
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.
Hernandez reportedly met with the school’s assistant principal after the incident, where she was given a personal apology.