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Teacher Gives 13-Year-Old Pupil 'Most Likely To Become Terrorist' Award

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Teacher Gives 13-Year-Old Pupil 'Most Likely To Become Terrorist' Award

A teacher gave a 13-year-old student a 'most likely to become a terrorist' award as part of mock award ceremony at a Texas high school.

Lizeth Villanueva said her teacher gave her the award during an 'advanced learning programme' on Tuesday that was 'designed to prepare students for college and workplace success'.

Villanueva said: "She said, 'Mostly likely become a terrorist,' and said my name and gave me this."

The seventh-grader at Anthony Aguirre Junior High School told local press: "It was supposed to be a joke."

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But her mother, Ena Hernandez, wasn't happy when her daughter got home and showed her the certificate.


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"I was upset and very mad when I saw the award," Ena told the Washington Post. "I was surprised because my daughter has been doing well in the honors programme."

Apparently the school was on some kind of offense-causing kamikaze mission, as the mock ceremony also included a 'most likely to become homeless' and 'most likely to cry for every little thing' certificate.

In a statement, the local school administration said it 'would like to apologize for the insensitive and offensive fake mock awards that were given to students in a classroom'.

The statement read: "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."

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The teachers responsible for the mock award ceremony have been disciplined 'according to district policy', the statement said.

In comments made to KPRC, Kramer said that it was a 'poor attempt to poke fun', and that the activity 'wasn't well thought out'.

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Villanueva said that the teacher warned the students while giving out the awards that it 'might hurt their feelings' but that it only intended to be humorous.

However, the student said she didn't think it was a joke.

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"I do not feel comfortable with this, I do not feel comfortable being in the same classroom with [the teacher]," Villanueva told KPRC.

Her mother said they were annoyed that the supposed joke had been made during a programme 'designed for advanced kids'.

"Being a teacher, giving this to a 13-year-old. How is she going to feel when she grows up later on?" Hernandez said.

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Topics: terrorism

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