Teachers at this Texas school have chosen to insult their students by giving “funny awards”, but the students find them insulting. Apparently they are only funny for prejudice people.
Only a few days after a student received an award for being “most likely to be a terrorist”, another student was given an equally offensive award at the same school.
Sydney Caesar, a student at Anthony Aguirre Junior High School in Texas, received an award that stated she was “Most Likely to Blend in With White People,” from her college-prep teacher Stacey Lockett, reported Yesha Callahan of The Root.
“Where is the common sense in that? I mean, how can you think that is okay to say it in the first place and then right after a major event has happened? It just doesn’t make any sense,” Caesar’s sister Lauren Easton told Fox 26 Houston.
“I feel really bad for her because I saw her in class, she was really upset about it and she just wouldn’t talk at all for the rest of the day,” says Caesar.
Sydney was absent for her last day of school because she was too embarrassed to face her classmates after the teachers public insult, and Sydney’s mother is furious and demands action be taken against the teacher(s) responsible.
“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,” said her mother, Latonya Robinson.
The school system issued a statement about all of the mock awards that were given out. Mostly they try to separate the AVID program from the “awards”.
“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.”
We look forward to seeing those responsible punished for what they did to these kids. Teachers have to understand that insulting kids is not a good way to teach them. It makes them afraid to go to school and afraid to get an education.