A middle school teacher in Texas is under fire after "awarding" a 7th-grade student with a "Most Likely to Become a Terrorist" certificate during a mock award ceremony the day after the tragic bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people.

Lizeth Villanueva, a 13-year-old student at Anthony Aguirre Junior High in Houston, TX, was given the offensive "award" in an advanced learning program that prepares students for college.

Villanueva was told that the award was "meant to be funny" and even recalls other teachers laughing. She did not appreciate the joke.


"It was not a joke," Lizeth told Click2Houston. "I do not feel comfortable with this. I do not feel comfortable being in the same classroom with [the teacher]"

She has not returned to class since.

Principal Eric Lathan issued a statement apologizing for the "fake awards" on Twitter.

However, Villanueva's mother feels that the apology is not enough, and wants the teacher to face consequences.


"Get fired, at least, or something," said Ena Hernandez to local CBS station KHOU.

The school is planning on launching an investigation into the incident. That seems like the least that the school could do.