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Texas teacher fired after giving student mock 'terrorist' award

A Texas teacher who was suspended after presenting a student with a mock “most likely to become a terrorist” award has been fired.

“We have concluded our investigation and the teacher responsible is no longer employed by the district,” the Houston-area Channelview Independent School District said in a statement Wednesday.

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The seventh-grade teacher, who has not been named by the school district, handed the award to Lizeth Villanueva, 13, a day after the deadly terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

Villanueva said a group of teachers were giving out the awards as a joke, as part of a mock ceremony ahead of summer vacation.

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Other certificates students received included “most likely to become homeless in Guatemala,” “most likely to cry for every little thing” and “most likely to blend in with white people.”