Yes, you read that right. In this new Trump-environment people think they can say and do absolutely anything. And now a Texas teacher is giving out discriminatory and hateful awards to children.
Since Trump became president hate crimes have risen significantly. And many people now feel emboldened to spew their hatred freely. We are seeing it in political discourse, on social media, and even in our every day lives with family, friends and coworkers. And now it’s showing up in our education system.
Stacy Lockett, a 7th grade teacher at Lance Cpl. Anthony Aguirre Junior High School in Houston, is now in hot water for handing out discriminatory and downright hateful awards to her honor students.
CNN reports about the awards,
“”MOST LIKELY TO BECOME A TERRORIST,” one reads, inside a border of cheerful stars. Another, given to a student in the same class, reads “MOST LIKELY TO BLEND IN WITH WHITE PEOPLE.”
Lauren Easton, whose sister received the “white people” award, told CNN there were others, including one that read “MOST LIKELY TO BE HOMELESS IN GUATEMALA.””
Lizeth Villanueva was the child who received the terrorist award, and she told the Houston news channel Click2Houston that there were also other teachers in the room when the awards were given out. She said that her teacher told the class that the awards were meant to be funny but they “might hurt [students’] feelings.”
“[The teacher] said she was scared to give out this award because she doesn’t know what might happen … The teachers [laughed], too. There were four.”
“It was not a joke,” Lizeth said. “I do not feel comfortable with this… I do not feel comfortable being in the same classroom with [the teacher].”
The kids who were humiliated with these awards were enrolled in AVID, an advanced learning and college prep program. AVID CEO Sandy Husk released a statement saying,
“This is a reprehensible action of a single teacher that does not in any way reflect the AVID values, or the values of the thousands of AVID teachers across the US who impact our students daily.”
The school itself also put out a statement.
Official Statement from Building Principal in response to fake awards: pic.twitter.com/BoZGRJajx4
— Aguirre Junior High (@AguirreBulldogs) May 24, 2017
Children in the class said this isn’t the first time this teacher has crossed the line. Before this incident, the teacher – who is black herself – gave a student “a ‘black quiz’ to prove how black she was.”
As of Friday, which was the last day of school, Lockett had not been fired. A spokesman from the Channelview School District said, “the teacher involved in this matter has been disciplined according to district policy. And the incident is still under investigation.”