By: Krystle Crossman
Teachers seem to be more brazen these days with what they are handing out to their students. The latest victim is 7th grader Sydney Caeser who attends Anthony Aguirre Junior High School in Channelview, Texas. The teachers handed out superlative certificates at the end of the year that are supposed to build the children up and make them feel good about their school year. Some examples of superlatives are “most likely to succeed” or “most likely to become CEO.” What Sydney brought home angered her and her mother. Her teacher thought that it would be appropriate to give Sydney a certificate that said, “Most Likely to Blend in with White People.” Many people thought it was a joke when her mother told the story so she posted a photo of her daughter with the certificate to show that it was very real.
This same teacher, Stacey Lockett, has a history of giving out controversial superlatives that are not as funny as she seems to think they are. Another student named Lizeth Villanueva was given a certificate from the same teacher and it said, “Most Likely to Become a Terrorist.” Both superlatives came from Lockett’s AVID college prep class that she taught at the junior high school. Caesar’s sister heard about the other superlative and was in disbelief that the teacher thought that was in good taste, especially after the attack on Manchester Arena in England earlier this week. Caesar was embarrassed and hurt by the superlative that was given to her. She didn’t talk to anyone for the rest of the day and ended up staying home on the last day of school because she was so upset about the incident.
The Channelview Independent School District commented on the incident and stated that these superlatives were not approved under any circumstances. They also said that AVID Systems did not have any part in these “awards” and that the AVID logo should not have been on the certificates in the first place. They made sure to state that the incident was not tolerated and that they were investigating to ensure that this does not happen again. The school itself has not commented on the situation and neither has the teacher. What would you do if your son or daughter came home with a certificate like this?