13-Year-Old Student Awarded “Most Likely to Become a Terrorist” Award

May 29, 2017
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Student award ceremonies are usually a congratulatory way for students to celebrate their accomplishments from the school year.

In the total opposite spirit to this, a Texas middle school decided to have a “mock award ceremony,” where some rather offensive awards were given out. Lizeth Villanueva, a 13-year-old student at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Houston was “shocked” when she was named “most likely to become a terrorist” at the ceremony.

It was not a joke,” Lizeth said to Click2Houston. “I do not feel comfortable with this.”

“Most likely to cry for every little thing” and “most likely to become homeless” were some of the other humiliating awards. These were given out to students in an honors program which prepares the kids for college.

This awards came just a day after the terrorist attack in Manchester where 22 innocent lives were taken. “That’s not something to joke around with,” Lizeth said.

The school has issued a statement on Twitter, explaining that there are plans to launch an investigation following this “insensitive and offensive fake mock awards.”

I want to assure all students, parents, and community members that these award statements and ideals are NOT representative of the Aguirre Vision, Mission, and educational goals for its students,” Principal Eric Lathan wrote. “An investigation will be launched into these events.”

Official Statement from Building Principal in response to fake awards:

The school has apparently suspended the teacher responsible for the award for the remainder of the school year and the school did not say if she would be back next year.

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