The mother of an 8-year-old student in Arizona is not happy with the "award" her daughter received at the end of her school year. The student was given the "Catastrophe Award" by her teacher for having the most excuses throughout the school year for NOT having her homework completed. Christina Valdez said her daughter, Cassandra Garcia, came home one day from class at Desert Springs Academy in Tucson, Ariz., with the paper award.



The bright colorful card Garcia came home with stated, “You’re Tops! Catastrophe Award.  Awarded to Cassandra Garcia. For Most Excuses for Not Having Homework.” The "award" was even dated and signed by her teacher and had a smiley face next to the signature.

While Christina Valdez thought the award was no laughing matter, the school didn't think the award was such a serious offense. The principal of the school did not think much of Valdez's complaint and said, "It was a joke that was played and that the teachers joke around with the children.”

I question, had your child been presented with such an "award" in front of his/her class would you have been as upset as the mother in this story. We all know that children can be hateful towards their peers, and such embarrassment may only lead to future ridicule for the child who was called before her class and presented with such. Shame on the teacher AND school for allowing this type of "fun" at the end of a school year. What ever just happened to an ice cream party and summer started?!?!?




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