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13-year-old student gets "most likely to become a terrorist" award day after Manchester bombing

A mock end-of-the-year awards ceremony left one student wondering why she would ever be considered a terrorist


Taylor Link
May 26, 2017 2:26PM (UTC)

Lizeth Villanueva, a seventh-grader in Texas, was given the “most likely to become a terrorist" award by her teacher this week, shocking the honors student and her mother.

Part of a mock end-of-the-year awards ceremony at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Channelview, Tex., a group of teachers handed out joke awards such as “most likely to cry for every little thing” and “most likely to become homeless.” Villanueva, a Salvadoran American, was given the dubious honor of "most likely to become a terrorist" — just one day after a terrorist bombed an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

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“I was upset and very mad when I saw the award,” Ena Hernandez, Villanueva's mother, told The Washington Post. “I was surprised because my daughter has been doing well in the honors program.”

Villanueva, 13, told The Post that the teacher "just laughed" when she signed it and handed her the award.

Eric Lathan, principal of Anthony Aguirre Junior High, personally apologized during a meeting.

“The Channelview ISD Administration would like to apologize for the insensitive and offensive fake mock awards that were given to students in a classroom," the school district said in a statement. "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."

“The teachers involved in this matter have been disciplined according to district policy and the incident is still under investigation,” the statement added.

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