A black girl from Texas who attends the same school as the student who reportedly received a “Most Likely to Be A Terrorist” award from her teacher, was allegedly also handed a crude certification by the same instructor.
Lance Corporal Anthony Aguirre Junior High School alum Sydney Caesar says that she, too, was the “lucky” recipient of a tone-deaf award from an employee of the Houston-based education institution last Tuesday, according to Mic: “Most Likely to Blend In With White People.”
“For [a] child to either be called a terrorist or [told] she’s not black enough,” Caesar’s mother, Latonya Robinson, relayed to reporters for KRIV, “basically, that’s her label for the rest of the school year,” she surmised.
The African-American Caesar, like Lizeth Villanueva, the 13-year-old who first publicly spoke about the mock superlative given to her by the school, as the Inquisitr noted on May 26, is said to be enrolled in AVID; a college prep class taught at the Houston, Texas-based education institution by one Stacey Lockett, the same Texas teacher who allegedly handed out several mock superlatives — including Villanueva’s “Terrorist” award — to her students.
“‘Most Likely to Cry About Everything’ [was another], because [that student] is very emotional,” Lizeth explained to Click 2 Houston on May 25.
“There was another one about this kid. His was kind of like a joke because all his friends would call him, ‘Little homeless Indian,’ [so Ms. Lockett gave] him [a] ‘Most Likely to Become Homeless in Guatemala’ [award],” the teenager added.
As shown in an image taken by KRIV reporter Lindsay Henry, Sydney’s “Most Likely To Blend In With White People” certificate also displays the AVID header icon and Lockett’s signature at the bottom.
“Everyone doesn’t believe that this is real,” Robinson addressed in an attached comment to Henry’s Twitter post, “but this [picture of the] certificate shows that this is real.”
“We have enough bullying as it is by other students,” Ms. Robinson further stated, “[but] now, it’s being done by a teacher.”
Sydney later expressed to Henry that receiving the class “honor” from Lockett was embarrassing, to say the least.
“It made me feel really embarrassed about what other people were going to say,” the student remarked, “and about what she’s gonna do [next].”
Reps for the Channelview Independent District, which overlooks Aguirre Junior High, released a public statement after the first mock award went viral on social media, and claimed that Lockett had already been dealt with behind-the-scenes.
“The Channelview ISD Administration would like to apologize for the insensitive and offensive fake mock awards that were given to students in a classroom,” it read, in part.
“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.”
Likewise, the principal of the Texas middle school, Eric Lathan, would go on to release a statement on his own about the student awards on Twitter, noting them as being both “insensitive” and “offensive.”
“As principal, I want to assure all parents, students, and community members that these award statements are not representative of the Aguirre mission, vision [or] education goals for its students,” Lathan wrote.
“An investigation will be launched into these events.”
Staff members of KRIV were able to confirm that Lockett had been suspended for the remainder of the school semester, something that both Sydney’s mom and Lizeth’s mom feel is much too light for the lasting effect the “awards” may have on their children’s lives.
“[She should] get fired, at least,” Ena Hernandez, Lizbeth’s parent, told KHOU last week.
Both parents have chosen not to send their daughters back to the Texas school since the student awards were handed out. Neither offered word of any potential transfer plans for the two Aguirre Junior High students.
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