Texas Teacher Fired for Giving Student 'Most Likely to Become a Terrorist' Award

Screencap via KHOU 11
Screencap via KHOU 11

A middle school teacher from Channelview, Texas has reportedly been fired after giving offensive fake awards to students.

The certificates, which were signed by Stacy Lockett, were handed out during an awards ceremony last week at Anthony Aguirre Junior High, according to the New York Times. The 13-year-old Lizeth Villanueva, a seventh grader, received a certificate titled “Most Likely to Become a Terrorist” and according to Fox 26, another seventh grader Sydney Caesar was given an award for “Most Likely to Blend in With White People.”

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Villanueva told reporters that other teachers were in the room and laughed during the ceremony. The Channelview Independent School District told the New York Times that they “have concluded our investigation, and the teacher responsible is no longer employed by the district” and that other teachers have been disciplined.

“Everyone doesn’t believe that this is real. But yes, this certificate shows that this is real. This happened. And we have enough bullying as it is by other students, now it’s being done by a teacher,” said Caesar’s mother Latonya Robinson to Fox 26.

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel

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DISCUSSION

Did this teacher really have some kind of animosity towards those students? Or did she really think “HAHA TERRORISM IS FUNNY BROWN PEOPLE ARE FUNNY”?

Like, what was going on in this individual’s head? What made her think this would be a good idea OR wouldn’t end up with huge negative repercussions?