An investigation is underway after a 7th-grade student was named “most likely to become a terrorist” by her teacher in a mock ceremony, Huffington Post reports.
13-year-old Lizeth Villanueva attends Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Houston. She says she was shocked after hearing her name be called for the “award.”
“[The teacher] said, ‘Most likely to become a terrorist,’ and she said my name, and she gave me this.”
Lizeth received the award in an advanced learning program meant to help kids prepare for college. The teacher wasn’t named, but allegedly told students the award was supposed to be funny.
But Lizeth wasn’t laughing.
The school’s principal Eric Lathan tweeted an apology in response to the “insensitive and offensive” awards. He said they were distributed after the school’s actual awards ceremony had ended.
“These awards statements and ideals are not representative of the Aguirre vision, mission and educational goals for its students,” Lathan wrote. “An investigation will be launched into these events.”
Ena Hernandez is Lizeth’s mother. She told KHOU that the principal also apologized in person, but said she wants to teacher to face disciplinary action.
“It doesn’t look good at all, especially coming from a teacher, a grown-up woman,” Hernandez said. “It doesn’t look good because everything that’s going on right now.”