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Texas teacher disciplined for 'terrorist' award for student

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - At least one Houston-area teacher has been disciplined after presenting a seventh grade student with the mock award “most likely to be a terrorist,” a school district official said on Friday.

“The Channelview ISD Administration would like to apologize for the insensitive and offensive fake mock awards that were given to students in a classroom,” Marcus Kramer, a spokesman for the district, said in a statement.

“The teachers involved in this matter have been disciplined according to district policy and the incident is still under investigation,” the statement said.

The student, Lizeth Villanueva, 13, told Houston broadcaster KPRC she was shocked when she was given the award on Tuesday at the end of the school year, adding the teacher thought it would be funny.

“It was not a joke,” she told the TV station. “I do not feel comfortable with this. I do not feel comfortable being in the same classroom with the teacher.”

The district did not say what action it had taken against the teacher.

Other awards presented to students included “most likely to blend in with white people” and “most likely to be homeless in Guatemala,” CNN reported, showing pictures of two of the certificates.

Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Richard Chang