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Lizeth Villanueva, a 13-year-old seventh grader, just went through a student’s worst nightmare. The day after the suicide bombing at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, England,  Villanueva was given the “Most Likely to Become a Terrorist” award during a mock ceremony at Anthony Aguirre Junior High School in Channelview, Texas.

Villanueva told KHOU that the teacher said “that some people might get offended, but she doesn’t really care about our feelings.” To add insult to injury, the student also revealed that other teachers were laughing as the awards were handed out.

However, this was no laughing matter to Villanueva’s mother, Ena Hernandez.

I read it twice. I’m like,”What is this ?!” “My daughter is an advanced academic program and has never had a discipline problem. It doesn’t look good at all, especially  coming from a teacher, a grown – up woman,it doesn’t look good because everything that’s going on right now.”

Hernandez also said that the principal, Eric Lathan, personally apologized during a meeting at the school.

In a statement, the school district would not confirm the names of the teachers because it’s a personal matter; however, they are being disciplined following policy and are currently under investigation.

Channelview Independent School District 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 awards statements and ideals are not representative of the district’s vision, mission and educational goals for our students.”

Hernandez thinks the teachers deserve more than just a slap on the wrist.

I just think it’s going stop, it’s going to end there,” she stated. Get fired at least, or something.”

In a world where bullying others is at an all-time high, it’s shocking to hear that teachers participated in such an cruel act.  Hopefully, everyone can learn from this lesson.

Written By : Ashley Nicole (Instagram: x__Anicole)


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