Student's shock after receiving 'Most Likely to Become a Terrorist' award from teacher

Photo: KHOU
Photo: KHOU 

Kids can be cruel, some teachers can be harsh, and high school can be a battleground - but you still wouldn't expect this.

Students at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Texas were stunned to receive offensive 'joke awards' from teachers at an end of year ceremony.

Salvadoran-American Lizeth Villanueva, an exemplary year 7 student, was given a 'Most Likely to Become A Terrorist' award as part of the mock awards ceremony.

Lizeth and her mother, with the offensive award. Photo: Khou
Lizeth and her mother, with the offensive award. Photo: Khou 

"I was upset and very mad when I saw the award," her mother, Ena Hernandez, told The Washington Post. "I was surprised because my daughter has been doing well in the honours program."

Lizeth said the teacher signed the certificate and gave it to her, with other teachers looking on and laughing. It was only a day after the terrorist attacks in Manchester. 

"[The teacher] said that some people might get offended, but she doesn't really care about our feelings. She was laughing about it," the 13-year-old said.

Her mother said it's far from a laughing matter and is calling for staff to be fired. "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."

Lizeth wasn't the only one to receive an offensive award. Others included Other awards included 'Most Likely to Cry for Every Little Thing,' 'Most Likely to Become Homeless,' and 'Most Likely to Blend in with White People' (which was given to Sydney Caesar, below).

Sydney's mother Latonya Robinson told Fox 26 Houston, "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."

The education department has issued a statement saying that the teachers are being disciplined and that an investigation is underway.