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Teacher's 'Terrorist Award' Draws Backlash

By    |   Friday, 26 May 2017 02:55 PM

A Texas teacher who gave a student a "most likely to become a terrorist" award was disciplined this week.

Lizeth Villanueva, 13, said her seventh-grade teacher at Lance Corporal Anthony Aguirre Junior High gave her the award during class on Tuesday, the day after a deadly attack took place at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Fox News reported.

A group of teachers were giving out certificates as a joke in a mock ceremony at the end of the year, Villanueva said to Fox, but she didn’t find categories like "most likely to cry for every little thing" and "most likely to become homeless" any funnier than her own award.

Villanueva participates in an academic honors program for high achiever. Her mother, Ena Hernandez, told The Washington Post, "I was upset and very mad when I saw the award. I was surprised because my daughter has been doing well in the honors program."

Villanueva said the teacher acknowledged that the gesture might hurt some students’ feelings, USA Today reported.

The superintendent said that the actions were not characteristic of the district’s philosophy of education and apologized for the incident.

"The teachers involved in this matter have been disciplined according to district policy and the incident is still under investigation," the school district said in a statement.

Villanueva and her family think that the teacher ought to be fired, and Villanueva has not gone back to class since getting the certificate, USA Today reported.

Twitter users had very strong things to say about the situation.

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