Another Student in Texas Given Offensive Award
I’m not sure what is going on in Houston, but for the 2nd time in a week, a student has received a very offensive award. Just 3 days ago, KHOU reported that 7th grader Lizeth Villanueva was the recipient of a “Most Likely To Become A Terrorist” from her teacher at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Houston. Lizeth claims that a number of students were given offensive awards at a mock awards ceremony where the students were mocked and laughed at.
Now, Fox 26 Houston reports that another student has stepped forward – claiming she was a target of this cruel joke as well. 7th grader Sydney Caesar says she received an award that said “Most Likely to Blend in with White People.”
Obviously, Sydney and her family are furious about the bullying at the hands of teachers. Several teachers have been suspended, but Sydney’s mother says that’s not enough and wants the school district to take further action. Latonya Robinson had this to say:
For that child to either be called a terrorist or she’s not black enough, basically now the students are taking that and that’s her label for the rest of the school year”
The Channelview School District Superintendent responded to the reports of the shameful awards by releasing this statement:
“The Channelview Independent School District would like to emphasize that a recent incident where insensitive and offensive mock awards presented to students are in no way associated with the AVID College Readiness System or the AVID Center. Channelview ISD does not support this type of recognition under any circumstances and the placement of the AVID logo on these certificates was an error. At no time was the AVID program itself involved in this unfortunate incident.
The AVID System is an outstanding college readiness model that has led to continued high levels of student achievement in Channelview ISD. AVID’s system has benefited hundreds of thousands of students worldwide since 1984. Working together with the AVID Center, Channelview ISD’s AVID system provides intensive support to students with tutorials, positive peer groups, and college-readiness skills.
Channelview ISD would like to reassure the community that this incident does not reflect the many good things going on in our district. The district does not condone the incident that occurred and we are taking this matter very seriously.”