A seventh grade pupil at a junior school in Houston reportedly received an award from her teacher that read “Most likely to become a terrorist”.
The school says it was a “fake mock award” given as a joke, and the pupil, Lizeth Villanueva, told KPRC that other students received other joke awards.
A terrorist is a really big thing. Just what happened two, three days ago with Ariana Grande and her concert, and they're joking around with this. It's not something to joke around with.
According to her family, the school has said they have suspended the teacher until the end of the year.
Her mother, Ena Hernandez, told the Washington Post she was upset, mad and surprised when she saw the award.
The school has issued a statement in which it apologised for the “insensitive and offensive fake mock awards” that were handed out to pupil, adding:
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 responsible for the mock award ceremony "have been disciplined according to district policy".
The school also handed a pupil an award for "most likely to be homeless".