Days after a student received an award stating she was most likely to be a terrorist, a 7th grade student at the same school was given an offensive award too.
According to FOX 26 News, 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 teacher Stacey Lockett.
Cesar’s sister Lauren Easton told FOX 26 that the teacher’s behavior lacked “common sense.”
Sydney was so upset that she skipped the last day of class.
“It made me feel really embarrassed about what other people were going to say and what’s she gonna dot,” the 7th grader told a reporter.
And her mother Latonya Robinson is concerned that her daughter is going to be bullied next year.
“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,” Robinson said.
The school issued the following statement:
“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.”
Robinson wants the school to take further action and not just suspend the teacher.